In the Press - Scot influence ‘would wither if poll was not legally binding’

24 January 2020
The Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank, said that the EU would “look benignly towards Scottish independence” if it was approved in a legally binding referendum. He said: “The reason why the EU has not taken Catalonia’s side in the last couple of years is because the Catalans are pursuing a course of action which the EU perceives as illegal.” He said that if Scotland pursed a law-abiding route the EU could be “very welcoming”.

In the Press - Trump zeroes in on his next trade target: Europe

23 January 2020
CNN
"The European Union is probably thinking, 'Hey if we can find something to give them, and that keeps tariffs on cars off the table, it makes sense to move forward,'" said Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Brexit: MSPs told EU would take London's lead in recognising an independent Scotland

23 January 2020
The Scotsman
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform said the key thing for the EU was "the question of legality."He said: "The reason the EU has not taken Catalonia's side in recent years is because the Catalans are pursuing a course of action the EU perceives as illegal. So long as Scotland moves towards independence according to the constitution and in co-operation with Westminster, I think the EU would look benignly on Scottish independence.

In the Press - Imminent UK Brexit unleashes new EU dynamics

22 January 2020
The Financial Times
Time pressure will “focus minds on the continent and make it easier for the EU-27 to maintain unity”, says Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform think-tank in Brussels. “The idea that they will crack in the later phase is overplayed.”

In the Press - City of London braces for a post-Brexit squeeze

21 January 2020
The Wall Street Journal
“The long-term trend for the EU is to ensure that activity happens inside its borders rather than offshore,” said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Judgment time

21 January 2020
The Financial Times
A new report from the Centre for European Reform finds evidence of “widespread” breaches to the rule of law across the EU and calls for Brussels and its top judges to step in when governments don’t heed warnings.

In the Press - Farmers demand law to ensure chlorinated chicken is banned

18 January 2020
The Times
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, said that a key question was whether Britain ensured that its regulations remained aligned with the EU to continue trading “relatively freely” or moved towards America. “The broader issue here [with chlorinated chicken] isn’t whether it’s safe or not,” he said. “It’s about our farmers’ future trade with the EU.”

In the Press - Boris Johnson expected to open trade talks with US before negotiating with the EU

17 January 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said that if Mr Johnson pushed the button on US-UK talks, it would not pre-determine the outcome. “Staging a big ‘kick-off’ moment is an easy political win for both Johnson and Trump. But it would not surprise me if the UK decides not to publish its objectives, which would require it to publicise exactly what it wants from a deal with the US,” he added.

In the Press - Europe's gamble: Can it save Iran deal by threatening to kill it?

16 January 2020
The New York Times
It is hard to see those around Mr. Trump, who have opposed the nuclear deal and supported his maximum pressure campaign, granting Iran any concession to get talks started, said Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Tit for tat - Trade secrets

13 January 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, joins us for three blunt questions.