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Angst and anger reign on the Brexit day that wasn't

29 March 2019
Euronews
The EU announced this week that it believes it is "increasingly likely" the UK will fail to reach any deal at all. "They don't trust the UK political class not to screw up," Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think tank, tweeted Thursday.

Is Europe ready for the next crisis?

Christian Odendahl
29 March 2019
Barron's
Christian Odendahl, a Berlin-based economist at the Centre for European Reform, says that because the tools, both fiscal and monetary, currently being used are limited, it’s time to invent new ones. He suggests, for example, that the central bank break free of its lone and strict mandate—an inflation target at “below but close to 2%—and deliberately overshoot, which would legitimize even more monetary stimulus.

It’s been exactly two years since we triggered Article 50 – and what an utter mess it’s been since

29 March 2019
The Independent
By the government’s own estimates, the prime minister’s deal would leave our economy 3.9 per cent smaller than it would have been by 2030, while a report by the Centre for European Reform put the cost of Brexit at £25bn annually – or £500m a week and £71.43m daily. Imagine what our hospitals and schools could do with over £70m more per day.

RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
29 March 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland about the Brexit chaos.

Brexit: Rolled-over UK free trade deals 'are incomplete'

Sam Lowe
28 March 2019
BBC News
Sam Lowe, a trade expert from the Centre for European Reform, agreed. "A big part of the problem is that DIT has continually oversold both its capacity to replicate the existing agreements and the nature of those it has managed to replace. "If the government had been a little more honest from the start, then it might not have come as such a surprise to many people and businesses when they fell short," he said.

BBC Radio 4: The Briefing Room: Britain's future

Sam Lowe
28 March 2019
With the route of the UK’s departure from the European Union still unclear, this week David Aaronovitch looks at Britain’s place in the world and assesses what lies ahead in the next stage of negotiations with the EU. Joining David in the Briefing Room are: Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, Meg Russell, Director of the Constitutional Unit at University College London and Stefanie Bolzen, London Correspondent of German newspaper, Welt.

The full Meaningful Vote 3 still seems doomed in parliament

28 March 2019
The Finacial Times
John Springford of the Centre for European Reform doubts a customs union plan is sustainable in the long run. “For a lot of Conservative MPs, sovereignty matters and a permanent customs union means we would have the EU determining our tariff and quota policy. It may scrape over the line — but I’m not sure it’s a done deal.”

CER podcast: Europe after Brexit

Sophia Besch, Ian Bond
27 March 2019
Sophia Besch asks Ian Bond to reflect on the CER's 2016 predictions about the effect of Brexit on future EU policy. How do they stand up now, on the eve of the UK’s departure?

Life after Brexit

Sam Lowe
26 March 2019
The Financial Times
 The CER's Sam Lowe on why the real Brexit negotiations haven't even started yet: "In practice, the majority of civil service time and effort will continue to be spent on the arduous process of replacing the 40 or so trade agreements the UK currently has by virtue of its EU membership.The UK will probably, at least initially, continue its quest to find a halfway house that delivers both an independent trade policy and an all-UK approach to Northern Ireland."

The Spectator Podcast: Have chances of a no-deal Brexit increased?

21 March 2019
Charles Grant director of the CER talks to Katy Balls about the probability of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, he argues that it is very unlikely, because both Parliament and the European Council will try to prevent no deal.

Channel 4 News: May's last-ditch dash to Brussels to salvage her Brexit deal

21 March 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform joins Gary Gibbon to discuss the possible next steps in the Brexit negoitations (from 15:50 mins).

The Zeitgeist: German and European security at a crossroads

Sophia Besch
21 March 2019
In this episode of The Zeitgeist, Dr Jana Puglierin (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. ) and Sophia Besch (Centre for European Reform ) join Jeff Rathke to talk about the direction Germany’s security policy is taking. They cover four fundamental questions: What is Germany’s role in European security? Are the changes in German policy adequate for the changing international security environment? How are Germany and France seeking to strengthen their co-operation? And how can the United States and Germany manage their frictions in the interest of a stronger transatlantic relationship?

Emmanuel Macron and France hang tough as Brexit date looms

21 March 2019
Financial Times
“All through the Brexit process they [the French] have been the hardest of the hard, and on this issue of the extension they are playing the hardest to get,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. “They have got harder on this in the last few weeks because of fears about the European election, and the idea that the Brexit business will pollute the domestic campaign.”

Bruxelles offre deux mois au Brexit si l'accord de divorce est voté

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
21 March 2019
Deutsche Welle
Pour Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, chercheuse au Centre for European Reform, il en va de la légitimité même du Parlement Européen."Il y a une certaine inquiétude que si le Royaume-Uni ne participe pas aux élections européennes mais qu'il reste encore membre de l’UE lors de la première session parlementaire, certains remettront en question la validité de la composition du parlement européen. Et cela remettrait donc en cause la légitimité de toutes les décisions futures du Parlement Européen."

Channel 4 News: Brussels exerts control over Brexit

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
20 March 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Matt Frei about what happens next in the Brexit process.

No deal, no border

Sam Lowe
17 March 2019
The Business Post
In the event of no deal Brexit, we now know the UK’s plan for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland: pretend it doesn’t exist.

France Culture: Les convulsions du Brexit et l'Europe (en direct du salon du livre de Paris)

16 March 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform along with Florence Faucher, Vivien Pertusot and Adrien Rodd, spoke on France Culture about the fast approach of Brexit, the divisions in the UK and the future realtions between the EU and the UK.

Deutsche Welle: Stammtisch: One year GroKo - Road to nowhere?

Christian Odendahl
15 March 2019
As Angela Merkel's government reaches its first birthday, Stammtisch asks whether it really has the staying power to make it to the 2021 elections. Centre of European Reform's Christian Odendahl, New York Time's correspondent Melissa Eddy and Berlin Policy Journal's Bettina Vestring also join host Damien McGuinness with the latest on Brexit and get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day in Germany.

Europe without the UK: Liberated or diminished?

Sophia Besch, Ian Bond, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Camino Mortera-Martinez, Sam Lowe
15 March 2019
Financial Times
“The signs are that deepening of the single market will continue, with a focus on the digital market. Though integrating services markets would be a big prize, the opposition of national regulators and professional bodies is likely to prevent progress, especially without the UK’s influence. France and Germany, which have not always supported liberalisation, will have proportionately more weight post-Brexit. There are indications, however, that countries that champion the single market have realised that they need to fill the gap left by the UK’s departure.” (Centre for European Reform)  

Brexit stands to hurt the rest of the EU, too

14 March 2019
“A no-deal which results in the erection of tariff and non-tariff barriers would be particularly damaging to the EU economy as well as the British economy” Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, told Stephen Beard.