In the Press - Brexit talks: The brutal reckoning that awaits the UK

20 November 2019
Financial Times
For Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, “many businesses would find adapting to a new FTA just as troublesome as if the UK had crashed out without a deal”.

In the Press - Mission creep

19 November 2019
Financial Times
Sophia Besch at the Centre for European Reform on whether Brussels’ foray into defence spending can overcome entrenched interests from global governments and Nato.

In the Press - Macron, el gran provocador

18 November 2019
La Vanguardia
“Macron tiene muchas más ideas que otros líderes europeos. Pero tendría más influencia si tuviera la paciencia de construir coaliciones para defenderlas”, apuntó Charles Grant, director del Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Brexit news latest: Boris Johnson warned trade deal will be Canada minus if Britain severs ties with EU

15 November 2019
The Evening Standard
Charles Grant, director at the Centre for European Reform, laid out concerns after recent visits to Berlin and Paris. “Germans are fed up Brexit has taken so long, but believe that transition period will have to be extended beyond Dec 2020,” he tweeted. On the future trade relationship, he believes Berlin will “prioritise” seeking “level playing field” arrangements between the EU and UK.

In the Press - Droht ein harter Brexit durch die Hintertür?

14 November 2019
Deutsche Welle
Ein sehr reduziertes Freihandelsabkommen, in dem nur Zölle und Warenverkehr geregelt werden, sei zwar schneller zu schaffen, meint John Springford vom Thinktank "Centre for European Reform", aber nicht in den verbleibenden elf Monaten im nächsten Jahr. Denn die Verhandlungen mit Großbritannien können überhaupt erst nach dem Brexit am 31. Januar 2020 beginnen.

In the Press - Can UK get 'super Canada-plus' trade deal with EU by end of 2020?

12 November 2019
The Guardian
The UK will want a zero-tariff deal allowing the free flow of goods to and from the UK and the EU.However, this comes with strings attached. As Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said this “will be dependent on the UK complying with EU level playing field demands on state aid, the environment and labour rights”.

In the Press - Tightening up Schengen

Raoul Ueberecken
12 November 2019
Financial Times
Tightening up Schengen Raoul Ueberecken, a former EU official in charge of justice and home affairs, has written a report for the Centre for European Reform listing measures to reinforce the creaking Schengen borderless travel zone. 

In the Press - Macron questioning NATO in Economist interview raises eyebrows about his methods

11 November 2019
“Macron has so many more ideas than other European leaders. But he would have more influence if he had the patience to build coalitions to defend them,” Charles Grant, director of the CER think-tank, recently pointed out.

In the Press - How the megacities of Europe stole a continent's wealth

10 November 2019
The Observer
Last May the Centre for European Reform, a Brussels-based think-tank, published a paper entitled The Big European Sort? The diverging fortunes of Europe’s regions. The “sort” refers to a sifting process that is steadily transforming the demography of EU member states, and driving the polarisation that increasingly defines politics in Europe and beyond.

In the Press - Boris Johnson sows confusion over Northern Irish trade after Brexit

09 November 2019
Bloomberg Quint
Sam Lowe, trade researcher at the Centre for European Reform, said the effect of the deal is to place the EU’s external border in the Irish Sea. “There will be checks,” he said.