In the Press - In Brexit give-and-take, Britain gives and the EU takes

21 March 2018
The New York Times
Though David Davis, Britain’s Brexit secretary, trumpeted on Monday the fact that Britain would be able to negotiate and sign non-European trade deals during the transition, if not to implement them, experts were unimpressed. Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute, describes that as a “token,” since prospects of such talks being completed during the transition period were remote. “I don’t think that’s a real concession,” he said.

In the Press - This 'status quo' Brexit transition deal gives Theresa May some breathing space - but major collision over Ireland is imminent

20 March 2018
The Telegraph
As Sam Lowe at the Centre for European Reform puts it, since Mrs May is determined to leave the customs union and single market, businesses that deal with the EU are “far from sanguine”. Supply chains will still need to be reconfigured in short order; new business processes put in place and the inevitable coming frictions at the EU border will require adjustments. “While the cliff edge has been pushed back,” he says. “It is still very much on the horizon.”

In the Press - Call for delayed Brexit day and longer transition splits MPs

18 March 2018
The Observer
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said it was likely the UK would get an accord on the terms of the transition at this week’s EU summit. “Only one thing could prevent a deal: if the British cannot convince Dublin they are making progress towards achieving a barrier-free Irish border, the Irish could veto a transition,” he said. “But that seems unlikely.”

In the Press - Rules of origin: The biggest Brexit problem you didn't know about

16 March 2018
“Rules of origin are going to be one post-Brexit additional cost to business that no amount of innovative thinking or new and unusual technology can stave off,” Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform told me. The CBI agrees. “For the 135,000 businesses who currently only export to the EU,” it writes in a new report, rules of origin will “be a huge and unprecedented administrative challenge.”

In the Press - Cracking the EU 

16 March 2018
Financial Times
 John Springford, Samuel Lowe and Beth Oppenheim at the Centre for European Reform write comprehensively on why the Brits will have a hard time cracking the EU-27 in Brexit trade talks. Jim Brunsden examines if May can solve her customs conundrum.

In the Press - Britain hints at tougher blow against Russia: Stripping tycoons' assets

15 March 2018
The New York Times
For Russians, part of Britain’s draw was its offer of legal shelter; it refuses extradition requests from Russia. British institutions, meanwhile, have been lenient with wealthy foreign buyers, skimming through due diligence procedures intended to determine the source of a buyer’s funds, said Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform. “This has been a very weak part of our money-laundering system,” Mr. Bond said. “Not enough questions are being asked about overseas shell properties. Estate agents are not asking the right questions — or any questions — about the beneficial owners.”

In the Press - Meet the Brexit negotiators: David Davis and Michel Barnier

15 March 2018
Financial Times
“Davis, with his breezy self-confidence, sometimes finds it hard to connect with Barnier, who sticks firmly to the rigorous principles of the EU’s legal order,” says Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Tillerson's ouster has allies hoping for coherence, but fearing the worst

14 March 2018
The New York Times
Whatever Mr. Tillerson’s failings, said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, “he was a mainstream Republican, he was one of the grown-ups.” “On trade he was sensible and on Iran his view is the European view,” Mr. Grant added, “and it is worrying that the President may have a Secretary of State who might make it easier for him to pursue his course on Iran.”

In the Press - Global Britain – a slogan without substance?

13 March 2018
So are foreign affairs and security among the few areas where Brexit will leave little mark? “That’s the hope,” Sophia Besch, of the Centre for European Reform told EURACTIV. “There’s been quite a big effort from both sides not to have anything change.”

In the Press - Could Jersey be the solution to Britain's Brexit trade deal with EU?

13 March 2018
The Express
The island could seal the deal according to trade expert Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, who told that Jersey’s “strange relationship” with the EU could be a blueprint for Britain.Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, and is a Crown dependency of the UK with a special relationship with the EU.