Sam Lowe

Sam Lowe

Senior research fellow
Areas of expertise 

International trade, European trade policy, rules of origin, the single market, Brexit, environmental co-operation, investor-state dispute settlement.


EU border carbon adjustment: Proposed models and the state of play

ONB Schwerpunkt Außenwirtschaft
08 July 2020
The EU intends to introduce a border carbon adjustment (BCA) mechanism by the end of 2021.

Parliament Live: Trade Bill Committee

18 June 2020
Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform gave evidence on the trade bill via telephone to the Trade Bill Committee (from 12:10).

CER podcast: Can the EU and the UK strike a deal on their future relationship?

17 June 2020
Following Monday’s meeting between Boris Johnson and the three Presidents of the EU, has a deal between the EU and UK become more or less likely? Charles Grant and Sam Lowe discuss.

BBC PM: The future of trade deals

17 June 2020
Sam Low a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to BBC PM about the UK’s trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand and its proposed accession to the CPTPP (from 07.55 mins).

Parliament Live: Future relationship with the European Union Committee

10 June 2020
Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform along with Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU law and Employment Law, University of Cambridge and Dr Anna Jerzewska, PhD, Independent Customs and Trade Consultant UN International Trade Centre gave evidence on the progress of the negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. 

Parliament Live: International Trade Committee

10 June 2020
Sam Lowe, Senior Researcher, Centre for European Reform along with Professor David Collins, Professor of International Economic Law, City University and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre of International Political Economy (ECIPE) gave evidence on the UK trade negotiations.

A Japan-UK trade deal is more important than ever. Here are the key opportunities and tensions

The Telegraph
09 June 2020
Negotiations with the Japanese may be nowhere near as controversial as with the USA, but don't assume they'll be a walk in the park.

Onshoring is no panacea for EU medical supplies

08 June 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted weaknesses in Europe’s medical supply chains, particularly its reliance on imports from China and elsewhere.

Parliament Live: The future UK-EU relationship on professional and business services

04 June 2020
Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform along with Sally Jones, Partner, Trade Strategy, EY LLP and Shanker Singham, Chief Executive Officer, Competere gave evidence on the UK-EU negotiations and future trade agreements.

Let's not pretend the UK isn't after a special trade deal. In fact, it's good that it is

The Telegraph
20 May 2020
Given the EU's most significant economic relationship is with the UK, a trade deal should be ambitious - but compromise is still needed.