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.


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.

Why Keir Starmer must revamp Labour's trade strategy

28 April 2020
The world is facing a combination of US-China trade wars and new export restrictions on essential supplies thanks to Covid-19. Added to that the British government is in the process of Brexit.

CER podcast: What does COVID-19 mean for the EU-UK trade talks?

22 April 2020
Charles Grant and Sam Lowe discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the EU-UK trade talks, and whether the pandemic will lead to the transition period being extended, taking into account the arguments for and against.

The EU and UK can agree on the scope of a new trade deal, but the devil is in the detail

05 March 2020
The EU and the UK have set out what they want their future partnership to look like and the horse trading has begun.

CER podcast: Are the Brexit negotiations doomed to fail?

04 March 2020
The EU and the UK have now published their objectives outlining what they want a future EU-UK partnership to look like. There is much headline disagreement, but is there a landing zone in sight? Charles Grant and Sam Lowe discuss.

Boris Johnson is clearly in no rush to do a big US trade deal, as proven by his tough red lines

The Telegraph
02 March 2020
For those of us who assumed the UK would rush head first into trade talks with the United States, myself included, the last few months have come as somewhat of a surprise.

Channel 4 News: Britain talks post-Brexit trade with the EU

28 February 2020
Gary Gibbon caught up with Same Lowe of the Centre for European Reform to wade through the documents and tell us what they say about the chance of a deal and the shape of a deal.

Channel 4 News: Government reveals Brexit negotiation demands

27 February 2020
"Throughout the process the EU has said we can give you a deal like Canada it's just we are going to ask more of you. It's fine if the UK says that's not fair... the EU don't care if it's fair or not" Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at...