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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.

Putin CER

04 March 2020
Financial Times
Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform offers six pointers to western leaders on how to deal with Vladimir “master of gaslighting” Putin: “Western leaders should not forget history, ancient or recent, or ignore the reality of Putin’s Russia, but nor should they be its prisoners. The disappointed hopes of their predecessors may be buried all round the Kremlin; but the West’s relations with Russia do not always have to be as bad as they are now.”

Whisper it … an EU-UK deal is there to be done

04 March 2020
Politico
As Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, has pointed out, the UK accepts that leaving the EU’s single market and customs union means more autonomy but also more barriers to trade. There is none of the cognitive dissonance of the early May era, when the UK wanted to “have its cake and eat it.” “Beyond the headline issues the two parties aren’t so far apart,” Lowe said.

We’ll ditch all EU rules, vows UK’s trade talks army

03 March 2020
The Express
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform said: “A deal by the end of the year is still possible but it will require both parties to drift away from their opening positions. “In practice, it requires the UK to move a lot and the EU to move a little.” 

Germany and Spain scramble to reverse the flight of youth

02 March 2020
The Guardian
“You have had a lot of out-migration from places that were less economically successful and a clustering of younger people … in more successful regions of Europe. And so that is going to exacerbate social divides and it’s going to show up politically,” said John Springford, from the Centre for European Reform, who co-authored the The Big European Sort?, a 2019 report.

Britain's and the EU's Brexit unreality

02 March 2020
The Atlantic
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the the Centre for European Reform think tank, told me that, at its core, the EU did not accept that its negotiation with Britain was one between equals. He said the EU was “trying to use its economic weight to impose conditions on the U.K. it wouldn't normally ask of others.”

Britain's Brexit negotiator goes to work on an egg as first round of talks takes place in Brussels

02 March 2020
The Telegraph
"As we're going to have to budge with the US, I can't see it holding with the EU either," said Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform.

NHS is 'off the table' in US trade talks, says Government after fears of drug price rise

02 March 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform think-ank, said the tight UK-US objectives suggested the government was "clearly in no rush" to conclude a deal with the US and would have to make concessions, probably on agriculture.

The EU should step up engagement with Belarus

Khrystyna Parandii
02 March 2020
Emerging Europe
The EU’s engagement with Belarus has been limited due to the country’s political oppression, human rights abuses, and close ties to Russia.

About that much vaunted US-UK trade deal? Maybe not now

02 March 2020
The New York Times
“This isn’t the No. 1 priority that people thought it was going to be,” said Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform. “From Johnson’s point of view, it makes more sense to focus on the domestic economy.”

Londyn liczy na podziały w Unii Europejskiej. Jak dotąd ta strategia się nie sprawdziła

02 March 2020
Forbes
Twierdzenie, że Unia Europejska przystępuje do negocjacji z Wielką Brytanią osłabiona, należy traktować z przymrużeniem oka.

UK eyes speedy banking deal with US in parallel trade talks

02 March 2020
Bloomberg
“The negotiating objectives show the UK is going to take a pretty firm stance,” said Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform. “This will make getting a comprehensive trade deal done in the immediate future pretty difficult.”

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

02 March 2020
The Telegraph
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.

A migration crisis and disagreement with Turkey is the last thing Europe needs right now

02 March 2020
CNN
"2016 was in some ways a missed opportunity," says Luigi Scazzieri from the Centre for European Reform, based in Brussels. "After the agreement, steps were not taken to make the relationship sustainable over time. There was then not much effort made to stop the cause of these problems - the war in Syria."

No-deal Brexit is back - and it looks more likely than ever

29 February 2020
CNN
"While there are clearly disagreements when it comes to the EU's preconditions for negotiating a trade deal - particularly over fish, the role of the European Court of Justice, and the exact nature of the level playing field requirements - when it comes to what the future economic partnership actually looks like, the EU and UK really aren't that far apart," says the Centre for European Reform's Samuel Lowe.

Polskie Radio: Opublikowano mandaty negocjacyjne w sprawie umowy handlowej między Unią Europejską a Wielką Brytanią

29 February 2020
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Polskie Radio about the EU and UK negotiating mandates.

Boris Johnson's one word response to Barnier's demands sends shockwaves to Brussels

28 February 2020
The Express
Sam Lowe, from the Centre for European Reform, pointed out that during the previous phase of negigoations: “The UK has compromised quite a lot, the EU has compromised very little.“We will have to see if that trend continues.”He continued: “Throughout the process, the EU has said we can give you a deal like Canada, we will just ask more of you.“It’s fine if the UK says it’s not fair. The EU don’t care if it’s fair, they have made their mind up."

Could the deaths of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria spark another refugee crisis in Europe?

28 February 2020
Euronews
Research fellow Luigi Scazzieri, from the Centre of European Reform (CER), told Euronews this could lead to "hundreds of thousands of refugees" arriving in the EU, and could see "a break down of its relationship with Turkey and greatly straining the EU's cohesion".

EUidea podcast: Differentiated integration among the post-Brexit scenarios

28 February 2020
“Even if we have some agreement on free trade or perhaps security [by the end of 2020] we will probably be discussing Brexit for years to come” said Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

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.