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UK Competition and Markets Authority ramps up big tech antitrust investigations

11 July 2022
Computerworld
Writing for the Centre of European Reform, Zach Meyers, senior research fellow at CER, said “if the UK falls behind in tech regulation, UK tech startups may prefer to grow in the EU, where the Digital Markets Act will make their lives easier.”
Post-Johnson Britain must reset relations with Europe

Post-Johnson Britain must reset relations with Europe

08 July 2022
The Financial Times
Unfortunately, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s speech to the Centre for European Reform earlier this week did not offer the bold alternative vision for cross-Channel partnership we require. Clearly focused on winning back Labour Leave voters who defected to the Tories in the 2019 election, his message was “Make Brexit Work”.

Boris Johnson’s biggest failing? It’s the post-Brexit economy.

07 July 2022
The Washington Post
Modeling by the Centre for European Reform found that solely because of Brexit, British trade in goods was down during the first half of last year, ranging between 11 and 16 percent.

The SNP will be rejoicing at Starmer's hard Brexit line

06 July 2022
The Herald Scotland
"Make Brexit Work” sounds like one of Boris Johnson's test slogans for the next General Election. In fact it is now Labour's headline policy following Sir Keir Starmer's remarkable conversion to the Brexit cause. He unveiled the new slogan in a speech to the Centre for European Reform.

Is there a digital currency on the horizon for the eurozone?

06 July 2022
International Banker
The Centre for European Reform (CER), a think-tank focused on advancing the European Union’s (EU’s) global presence, has argued that introducing a CBDC would ultimately prove to be of little benefit to consumers in Europe. “Europe’s banking sector is robust, and deposits are guaranteed up to a generous limit. Consumers, quite reasonably, consider bank savings to be about as safe as cash. And CBDCs would probably be provided via commercial banks, and could allow payments through a mobile app, a card, or a similar device,” Zach Meyers, a CER senior research fellow, wrote on June 7.

Has Labour ended any chance of the UK rejoining the EU?

06 July 2022
The Week
But in his speech, given at the pro-EU think tank the Centre for European Reform, Keir Starmer was clear he thought rejoining the single market or the customs union would “simply be a recipe for more division” and ensure Britain “remained stuck for another decade”. 
In a play on Boris Johnson’s campaign slogan to “get Brexit done”, he said the Labour party’s plan will be “make Brexit work”.

Keir Starmer promises to make Brexit better, not rejoin the EU

05 July 2022
The Times
In his speech in London, Starmer set out what he described as a plan to “make Brexit work”. As well as plans to align with EU agriculture rules, he will also pledge to follow EU regulations in other areas such as chemicals and product safety standards, saying Labour has “no intention from diverging standards below current levels”.

Brexit: Starmer sparks outrage with new outlook on EU exit

05 July 2022
Express
The Labour leader is poised to outline his plan at the Centre for European Reform (CER) on Monday. The five-step plan includes sorting out the Northern Ireland Protocol; tearing down unnecessary trade barriers; supporting our world leading services and sciences; keeping our nation safe, and investing in Britain. But this strategy to "make Brexit work" has not been welcomed by all.

Brexit damage: Is EU exit now hitting UK's economy harder than COVID?

05 July 2022
Euronews
The British opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer has said there is no going back on Brexit, in a speech on Monday night.
Instead, he offered a new slogan as part of a drive to ensure Britain thrives: "Make Brexit Work".
"There are some who say 'we don’t need to make Brexit work — we need to reverse it'," the Labour leader told the Centre for European Reform (CER). "I couldn’t disagree more."

Keir Starmer promises to make Brexit better, not rejoin the EU

04 July 2022
The Times
In a speech to the Centre for European Reform, Starmer will set out what he describes as a five point plan to “make Brexit work”. As well as plans to align with EU agriculture rules he will also pledge to follow EU regulations in other areas such as chemicals and product safety standards saying Labour has “no intention from diverging standards below current levels”.In addition he will promise to agree a deal over the Northern Ireland protocol and push for British UK scientific institutions to be allowed back in the EU Horizon funding scheme.

Keir Starmer says Brexit debate is over and vows Labour won’t rejoin the EU

04 July 2022
Metro
In a speech to the Centre for European Reform at an event at the Irish Embassy in London, he said: ‘There are some who say, “We don’t need to make Brexit work – we need to reverse it”. I couldn’t disagree more.
  ‘Because you cannot move forward or grow the country or deliver change or win back the trust of those who have lost faith in politics if you’re constantly focused on the arguments of the past.
‘We cannot afford to look back over our shoulder because all the time we are doing that we are missing what is ahead of us.’

Keir Starmer launches Labour's Brexit policy and rules out rejoining the European Union

04 July 2022
The Mirror
Mr Starmer will set out his five point plan to 'Make Brexit Work' at the Centre for European Reform. He believes it will "remove some of the [trade] barriers" that are currently holding Britain back.

Speech by Sir Keir Starmer at the CER's 24th birthday reception

Keir Starmer
04 July 2022
Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, Labour’s 5-point plan to Make Brexit Work 
Thank you.
It’s a real privilege to be here tonight.
I want to start by thanking everyone here at the Embassy.
Especially Adrian, for the immense contribution he has made as Ambassador to Britain.
Adrian has always been honest and constructive...

UK Labour rules out EU single market membership as ‘recipe for division’

04 July 2022
EurActiv
In a speech at the Centre for European Reform thinktank, Starmer will say that joining the single market “would distract us from taking on the challenges facing people, and it would ensure Britain remained stuck for another decade.” 
“So let me be very clear: with Labour, Britain will not go back into the EU. We will not be joining the single market. We will not be joining a customs union,” he will add. 

Starmer’s cautious five-point plan to ‘make Brexit work’

04 July 2022
The Spectator
In a speech to the Centre for European Reform this evening, the Labour leader is complaining that the government 'have missed Brexit opportunities time and time again'. He will also set out his party's 'five point plan to make Brexit work'.

Brexit: No case for UK returning to EU, Labour leader Starmer says

04 July 2022
BBC News
In a speech at pro-EU think tank the Centre for European Reform, Sir Keir rejected that approach, arguing it would be a "recipe for more division".
He added: "There are some who say, 'We don't need to make Brexit work. We need to reverse it'.

Labour insiders deny rift over Brexit strategy, as Sir Keir Starmer tells concerned MPs to look to the future

04 July 2022
iNews
The Labour leader used a speech at the Centre of Economic Reform to set out his five-step plan to “make Brexit work” – attacking Boris Johnson’s deal and attempting to set out his vision for what a UK out of the EU, and under a Labour government, would look like. ...In the speech, Sir Keir set out plans to “eliminate most border checks” through a new veterinary agreement for agri-products as well as introducing mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

CER event audio: 24th birthday reception with Keir Starmer's speech on Labour's post-Brexit plans

Sir Keir Starmer
04 July 2022
This is an audio recording from the Centre for European Reform's 24th birthday reception, which we celebrated 4 July 2022, at the Irish Embassy in London. Irish Ambassador to the UK, Adrian O'Neill, and our Director, Charles Grant, gave opening remarks, before Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the UK Labour...

Labour ready to fight Boris Johnson over effects of Brexit, says Keir Starmer

04 July 2022
Financial Times
Sir Keir Starmer will say Labour would negotiate mutual recognition of professional qualifications and keep Britain in EU science programmes, including the €95bn Horizon scheme, which is cherished by UK researchers. Data adequacy rules would be aligned but Starmer would follow Johnson in pursuing a different course on City regulation, he will say in an address to the Centre for European Reform.

LET’S TALK ABOUT … BREXIT

04 July 2022
Politico London Playbook
Keir Starmer will set out Labour’s five-point plan for “making Brexit work” in a speech at the Centre for European Reform today.