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The UK will never get the US trade deal it wants

06 November 2019
CNN Business
"The US's priorities would be quite difficult for the UK to take on board because they focus on agricultural goods and medicines procurement," says Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow in trade at the Centre for European Reform. 

Warum das Brexit-Theater weiter geht (sorry)

04 November 2019
Capital.de
Die Neuwahl in Großbritannien wird Klarheit im Brexit-Drama bringen. Wirklich? Ein Wahlsieg für Boris Johnson ist keineswegs ausgemacht - und selbst wenn, das Ringen um den EU-Austritt wird weitergehen. Ein Selbstgespräch von Christian Odendahl.

Boris Johnson warns against 'bog roll Brexit'

03 November 2019
Valliant News
Research by the Centre for European Reform has shown Brexit has already made the UK economy 2.1% weaker than it would have been if voters had decided to stay in the EU. CER deputy director John Springford said: “Two years on from the referendum, we now know that the Brexit vote has seriously damaged the economy.
“And we know that the government‘s ‘Brexit dividend‘ is a myth, the vote is costing the Treasury £440m a week, far more than the UK ever contributed to the EU budget.”

Macron steps into a leadership vacuum in Europe, and on some toes

01 November 2019
The New York Times
“The French think that they can act unilaterally without talking to everyone and get away with it, because they have a dynamic young leader with power and no one else does,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute. 

What if Trump calls Putin? Balts and Poles worry after Syria

31 October 2019
Bloomberg
The Baltic countries should expand their national guards as another precaution, said Ian Bond, former UK Ambassador to Latvia and director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank. “And I would definitely be building up relations with other significant European countries that might be able to come to my assistance in a crisis, whether that’s France, Germany Poland or Sweden, or someone else,” he said.

Trump says hard to do trade deal with UK under Boris Johnson Brexit deal

31 October 2019
The Wall Street Journal
“Under Johnson’s withdrawal agreement and desired future UK-EU free trade agreement it is hard to see any reason why the UK would not be able to do a free trade agreement with the US, if it wanted to,” said Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, a London think tank focused on European Union policy. 

The UK in a Changing Europe: Brexit: What next?

31 October 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform joined Professor Helen Thompson, Stephen Bush and Professor Anand Menon to discuss 'Brexit: What next?'.

Post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland may survive systemic abuse

29 October 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe at the Centre for European Reform says it would be hard to stop someone driving a car across from Great Britain, claiming it belongs to them, and selling it to a “friend”. But, in general, the proposals give the EU enough control. A joint committee of EU and UK officials will decide which goods are seen to be “at risk” of onward movement, and the EU will be able to monitor the checks HM Revenue & Customs carry out.But the UK’s pledge to allow “unfettered access” for goods moved from Northern Ireland to Great Britain clearly does create a back door into the UK market.

Polskie Radio: Nowa Komisja Europejska

28 October 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform talks to Polskie Radio about the new Commission.

The curious tale of Julian, the last King of Brussels

28 October 2019
Wired
“Julian King is the Security Union, and the Security Union is Julian King,” says Camino Mortera-Martinéz, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER). The syllogism means that King, as the first Security Union commissioner ever, has profoundly shaped his portfolio; it also means that, without Brexit and King’s surprise takeover, the Security Union’s portfolio would have never existed, and its multiple components would have been managed by several commissioners, rather than unified under King’s umbrella. “Without Brexit, the Security Union would have remained a nice sentence in official documents,” Mortera Martinéz says.

Brexit negotiators removed 'adequate' from worker rights plan

27 October 2019
BBC News
Sam Lowe, trade fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said: "The Level Playing Field commitments in the EU's Free Trade Agreements with Canada and Japan are unenforceable, because they are specifically excluded from the dispute settlement mechanisms. The government appears to be aiming for the same treatment."

Die EU stark machen

27 October 2019
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Großbritannien spart 350 Millionen Pfund wöchentlich durch den EU-Austritt? Dieser Traum der "Leave"-Kampagne ist aus. Im Gegenteil, sagt Christian Odendahl, Chefökonom des proeuropäischen Thinktanks Centre for European Reform (CER). Der Brexit werde für die Briten extrem teuer. 250 Millionen Pfund pro Woche, errechneten Odendahl und seine CER-Kollegen, könnten den Briten durch den EU-Austritt künftig verloren gehen.

Polskie Radio: Od czego Unia Europejska uzależnia przełożenie Brexitu

26 October 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform talks to Polskie Radio about the extension of Brexit talks.

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal moves a step nearer to approval

26 October 2019
The Economist
As Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, says, this means that the EU, nervous of being undercut, will offer Britain only a relatively thin free-trade deal. That implies a harder Brexit with more trade barriers than Mrs May’s deal, raising the costs to the economy of leaving the EU.

Ulster's unique position: Boris Johnson is trying to turn Northern Ireland into Hong Kong

26 October 2019
The Economist
The deal might encourage some firms to relocate to Northern Ireland. It would have a unique status: manufacturers could export to European and British markets with zero tariffs and few regulatory barriers, argues Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank.

Europe and UK play game of Brexit chicken

25 October 2019
Forbes
“France is thinking a stricter extension could lead to a greater pressure to ratify the deal,” said Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska a Brussels-based analyst at the Centre for European Reform policy group.

BBC Radio 4 - The Briefing Room: Brexit: A pivotal week

24 October 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke about the future trade relations with the European Union (from 11:24 mins).

Trump's Syria and Ukraine moves further alienate America's already wary allies

24 October 2019
The New York Times
“European governments have a very low regard for Trump anyway," said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. “They know that they need to work with the United States, but it confirms to them that Trump is incapable of thinking strategically, handing victory to the Russians in Syria.”

North/South and East/West conundrum poses headaches for Brexit-weary firms

24 October 2019
Independent -Ireland
The answer is not much, according to a research paper by Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform think-tank. He says that access is given, for example, for data processing software, advice and other things that support financial services, "but not for banks' main job - lending".

Departing Draghi looks to bind wounds at ECB

24 October 2019
France 24
"The ECB is rightly worried about the balance between monetary and fiscal policy" after years fighting its inflation battle almost alone, economist Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform told AFP.