In the Press - UK can delay Brexit without holding Europe elections, say lawyers

18 January 2019
Financial Times
"In some of the key member states, senior officials believe that if the European Council wants to give the British an extension beyond July 1, the election issue could be solved in a one-page protocol that could be ratified relatively quickly,” said Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform. “This would mean the British would not have to hold elections themselves.”

In the Press - What are Theresa May's options?

17 January 2019
The Financial Times
“Most probably, May will attempt to amend the withdrawal agreement and political declaration and then push the subsequent parliamentary vote to the wire. To pass her deal, the threat of no deal will need to be tangible, and for that to happen the March 29 deadline will need to loom large.” (Sam Lowe, senior research fellow, and John Springford, deputy director, of the Centre for European Reform)

In the Press - Slow Europe

17 January 2019
The Financial Times
A stellar list of top economists and EMU specialists discuss the politics of slow growth in this series of podcasts from the Centre for European Reform’s annual Ditchley conference. 

In the Press - Don't leave migration to the populists

17 January 2019
If the EU cannot agree on a common system for legal migration, it may be more realistic for the Union to support bilateral projects between individual member countries or groups and third countries, said Camino Mortera-Martinez and Beth Oppenheim of the Centre for European Reform. “Europe needs migrants, and migration is inevitable,” is how they recently put it.

In the Press - Theresa May lives to fight another day. But for what?

16 January 2019
The Atlantic
“As things stand right now, the prospects for some sort of cross-party approach to try and find their way out of this mess are pretty meager,” John Springford, the deputy director of the London-based Centre for European Reform, told me. “It requires unprecedented cross-party work, which aren’t really in character for either [the opposition leader] Jeremy Corbyn or for Theresa May.”

In the Press - UK public's top Google searches about Brexit answered - How much has Brexit cost so far?

16 January 2019
The Daily Mail
...A study by the Centre for European Reform in September found that the UK economy was 2.5% smaller than it would have been had Remain won the referendum. The centre’s deputy director, John Springford, estimated the impact to have cost the Treasury roughly £440 million per week – and the website CostOfBrexit.netlify has set up a running total, currently at £59 billion.

In the Press - Corbyn's no-confidence move lays bare Labour's Brexit divisions

16 January 2019
The Financial Times
“Labour’s strategy at the moment is to have a Brexit carried out by the Tories, where they take as little responsibility as possible for the implementation,” said Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Extending Article 50 may mean Britain must elect MEPs again

16 January 2019
The Economist
As Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, notes, it would also stop the reallocation of the 27 British seats, screwing up other countries’ polls.

In the Press - May and Brexit face uncertain future after crushing defeat in parliament

15 January 2019
The New York Times
“She has completely lost control of the process, and her version of Brexit must now be dead, if she loses by 230 votes,” said John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based research institute.

In the Press - What would a no deal Brexit mean for Britain?

14 January 2019
The Telegraph
Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, is confident that if the crunch comes EU member-states will strike bilateral side-deals with the UK.