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This leaked report reveals the “Technological solutions” explored by Liam Fox to keep the border in Ireland open after Brexit

Sam Lowe
06 February 2019
BuzzFeed News
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, told BuzzFeed News: “As with most technical/technological solutions to the Irish border, this proposal stumbles over the same issue: how do you differentiate between those people who play by the rules, those who don’t and those who simply decide not play whatsoever?

Makronom: Ist die Eurozone reformierbar?

Christian Odendahl
05 February 2019
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER) joined Isabel Schnabel and Mathias Dolls on the Makronom podcast to discuss eurozone reform.

Liam Fox mulls cutting UK import tariffs to zero in no-deal Brexit

Sam Lowe
05 February 2019
The Financial Times
“If you just reduce all tariffs to zero then you have to do that on imports on everywhere but they don’t have to reciprocate,” said Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform.

Ireland is too important to the EU for it to be abandoned

Sam Lowe
05 February 2019
iNews
Sam Lowe, of the London-based Centre for European Reform, says patience and goodwill are running thin. “The EU is growing tired of Brexit, and increasingly views it as an opportunity cost, pulling resources away from other important business,” he says. “The EU needs the UK to decide whether it wants to leave with a deal that looks substantially like the one already on the table, leave without one, or call the whole thing off.”

UK mulls slashing all tariffs to zero if there's a no-deal Brexit

Sam Lowe
05 February 2019
Yahoo News
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said that lowering tariffs to zero would potentially counteract some inflationary pressures after a no-deal Brexit scenario. But it wouldn’t be very effective. “Ultimately, at best this would ensure prices wouldn’t rise too much,” he told Yahoo Finance UK. “When you look at the literature, tariff savings are very rarely passed along to the final consumer…But when tariffs go up, that usually does get passed through,” he said.

BBC Radio 4: Brexit: A guide for the perplexed - Complexity, series 4

04 February 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform joins Chris Morris to discuss what's really shaped the Brexit process.

UK looking for alternatives to Border backstop. Do they exist?

Sam Lowe
04 February 2019
The Irish Times
As Sam Lowe, a trade expert in the Centre for European Reform in London points out, fewer checks at the border itself will mean more random checks and controls away from the Border, which would also be politically sensitive.

Europeans fear Trump may threaten not just the transatlantic bond, but the state of their union

04 February 2019
The Washington Post
“Both Macron and Merkel talk of Europe being capable of strategic autonomy, of not being dependent on the U.S. for its security. But so long as Germany spends so little on defense, and so long as its strategic culture is so different to that of France, that objective is not viable,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. “They can talk the talk, but they need to walk the walk.” 

Die Zinsen sollten niedrig bleiben

Christian Odendahl
03 February 2019
Der Tagesspiegel
Nach zwei Jahren robusten Wachstums deuten alle Indikatoren darauf hin, dass sich die europäische Wirtschaft abkühlt, auch wenn sie noch nicht auf eine Rezession zusteuert.

Europe grapples with distinction between refugees and economic migrants

02 February 2019
NBC News
The leaders of other EU countries are becoming reluctant to hand Salvini "a win" in terms of his populist agenda, according to Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a pro-European think-tank.

Polskie Radio: Brytyjska premier wciąż zabiega o zmianę umowy w sprawie Brexitu

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
02 February 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Polskie Radio about Theresa May’s attempt to re-open the talks with the EU about the Irish protocol.

The other May problem

Sam Lowe
01 February 2019
Tortoise
Many officials believe we will need – and could easily get – an extension to the March 29 deadline for Brexit. But, with European elections looming in May, this may prove far trickier than we imagine.

As chances of no-deal Brexit rise, British companies scramble to prepare

31 January 2019
The New York Times
 The British economy is 2.3 per cent smaller than it would have been absent the June 2016 vote that set Brexit in motion, according to a recent estimate from the Centre for European Reform, a pro-European research institution.

Tok FM: Termin brexitu zostanie przesunięty?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
31 January 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke about the prospects for article 50 deadline to be extended.

CER podcast: The rule of law under threat

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Beth Oppenheim
30 January 2019
Beth Oppenheim asks Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska about the latest developments in the rule of law dispute between Warsaw and Brussels, and how the EU should respond to democratic backsliding beyond the Polish case.

A last throw of the Brexit dice for Britain's May

30 January 2019
France 24
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, believes there is little chance May will succeed in her renegotiation but expressed the hope MPs will then step in. "Parliament would bring down any government that pursued or tried to allow no deal," he said.

Brytyjski parlament w końcu powiedział, czego chce. "Całkiem możliwe, że to szaleństwo"

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
30 January 2019
Wyborcza
Jeśli premier May na cokolwiek liczy, to na to, że jak zostanie mało czasu, twardzi eurosceptycy pod przywództwem Jacoba Rees-Mogga z European Research Group skłonią się ku poparciu porozumienia, obawiając się, że negocjacje będą się ciągnąć w nieskończoność albo brexitu w ogóle nie będzie - mówi nam Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska z brytyjskiego think tanku Centre for European Reform. 

Enfeebled May faces more Brexit blows

30 January 2019
Eurasia News
A think tank study claims Brexit has already cost the UK’s public finances £17 billion a year, £320 million a week or enough to pay 10,000 more police to patrol the streets and train nurses to fill every vacancy in England while paying for London’s current contribution to the EU budget. The Centre for European Reform estimated that the UK economy was already 2.3 per cent smaller than it would have been had Britain voted remain in 2016.

Why the EU will reject the 'Malthouse Compromise'

Sam Lowe
29 January 2019
The Telegraph
Or as Sam Lowe at the Centre for European Reform summarises, “we already know that this will be rejected by the EU, because there is little to distinguish it from the myriad ERG proposals we have seen over the past year.”
“While the EU is - and always has been - prepared to discuss technical solutions to the Irish border as part of the future relationship, they are not prepared to rely on something that does not yet exist as an insurance policy. The backstop actually needs to be a backstop.”
 

The Tory 'Malthouse Compromise' and what it means for Brexit

Sam Lowe
29 January 2019
Bloomberg
There is little new in this proposal,” said Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, adding that the plan’s alternative backstop is really just a more detailed version of the so-called max fac proposal already ruled out many times by the EU. “As with much of Brexit, it seems too much time has been spent working out what is palatable to the ERG, and too little spent understanding the EU’s positions and why it holds them,” Lowe said.