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.


Post-Brexit hygiene checks will leave British fishermen all at sea

The Times
23 April 2018
On the March 19th the UK and EU agreed, in principle, on a post-Brexit transition period. While this was welcomed by the vast majority of British business, one group felt they had been sold down the river: fishermen.

The UK and Europe: Brexit, rules of origin and barriers to trade

09 April 2018
Where is the phone in your hand actually from? Designed in California, assembled in China, it says. But what about the components: the battery, the screen, the processor?

Why Britain's vision for post-Brexit trade deals is probably an illusion

Business Insider
05 April 2018
Is the United Kingdom actually a global bastion of free trade and liberalism? The honest answer is that we just don’t know yet.

CER podcast: Brexit negotiations: Will the unity of the 27 crack?

28 March 2018
Sophia Besch speaks to Beth Oppenheim and Sam Lowe about what to expect during the second part of Brexit negotiations – will the future relationship talks bring out different political and economic interests among the EU-27?

Channel 4 News: What are the prospects for UK trade after Brexit?

28 March 2018
A year tomorrow Britain formally leaves the European Union, Sam Lowe of the CER joined Gary Gibon to disuss the deals the UK could do with countries across the world and what will they want from us in return.

Sorry Britain, EU countries won't break ranks over post-Brexit trade

16 March 2018
Theresa May has finally spelled out some of the “hard facts” of Brexit, but she’s still holding out hope for that seemingly impossible sweetheart deal: market access as close as possible to the UK’s current arrangement, but with fewer obligations.

BBC Radio 5 live - Drive: Trump and steel tariffs

09 March 2018
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Radio 5 live on the new tariffs President Trump has imposed on steel and aluminium to the US (from 14:15 mins).

Jersey holds the key to unlock Brexit dilemma

08 March 2018
Could the Channel Islands hold the key to unlock the Brexit puzzle? Trade expert Sam Lowe of the CER told EURACTIV that Jersey’s ‘strange relationship’ with the EU could be an acceptable ‘halfway house’.

CNBC: Brexit: Analysts preview the next stage of talks between the EU and UK

02 March 2018
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, and Bill Cash of the European Scrutiny Committee, discuss the latest Brexit developments.

Liam Fox's shiny new trade deals won't compensate for hard Brexit

The Guardian
28 February 2018
If Britain leaves the single market and customs union, the idea that future trade agreements will make up for the losses is for the birds.