In the Press - Of transition and trade deals

19 January 2018
The Financial Times
“This could easily result in a scenario in which UK exporters are no longer able to take advantage of the EU’s existing free trade agreements, but exporters located in countries with EU FTAs would continue to benefit from preferential access to the UK market on the same terms as now,” wrote Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Brexit 'transition' agreement talks will not be for faint-hearted

18 January 2018
The Irish Times
British ministers, will need to seek “authorisation” from Brussels to continue benefiting from EU trade deals the UK would otherwise fall out of on Brexit day. This could be a real difficulty, Sam Lowe writes in a report for the CER. When it leaves the EU in 2019, even though entering a period of transition, the UK will no longer be a signatory to some 40 free trade deals that the EU has negotiated. These FTAs are with states receiving 11-15 per cent of UK total exports.

In the Press - Tory MP slams EU plot for United States of Europe in brutal attack on Brussels

16 January 2018
The Express
But think-tank boss Charles Grant said that Germany will not let Juncker get away with his “delusional” EU vision, which includes allowing the richer northern Europe to pay for the poorer areas of southern Europe. Mr Grant, who is the Director of the Centre for European Reform, told BBC Radio 4: “[Juncker] believes that the Eurozone, in order to survive, needs to federalise. “That you need to have more integrated policy making system so that the richer countries, mainly Germany, transfer money to help the poorer countries like Italy and Greece and help them to flourish inside the eurozone.” 

In the Press - The UK wants to remain in the EU's trade deals during the transition phase after Brexit

16 January 2018
BuzzFeed News
Trade experts believe this path is more feasible than trying to replicate the agreements over the next 14 months. “This is a sensible approach. The idea that we would have all 40 or so agreements replicated and ready to go in time for March 30 was always little more than a Ministerial pipe-dream,” Sam Lowe, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, told BuzzFeed News.

In the Press - Sturgeon publishes Brexit impact report saying staying in single market best option - Politics live

15 January 2018
The Guardian
Samuel Lowe from the Centre for European Reform think-tank has posted an interesting thread on the single market on Twitter. It starts here.
Samuel Lowe: A truck crosses a border carrying meat without need for customs or safety checks. The driver doesn't need a visa. The truck company is allowed to operate in both countries. There's a reason the single market and customs union exist and look the way they do.

In the Press - Margrethe Vestager: The EU commissioner who's taming the tech giants

15 January 2018
The New Statesman
Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform in London, said that he supported the EU’s tax crackdown and the way that Vestager is standing up to the technology companies. “On the other hand, it’s also true that Germany sees the commission as a vehicle to protect its own digital industries. So how much of this is principle, and how much is to protect local industries?”

In the Press - Brussels raises prospect of longer Brexit transition

12 January 2018
Financial Times
“Many EU governments recognise that the transition will need to last beyond December 2020. But it suits the EU, like the UK, not to talk about that now,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank. “The UK would have to pay for single market access, which would require a new and difficult negotiation.”

In the Press - UK could be locked to EU for longer as diplomats discuss extended transition period

12 January 2018
The Express
Charles Grant, director of the Center for European Reform, said: “Many EU governments recognise that the transition will need to last beyond December 2020. “But it suits the EU, like the UK, not to talk about that now. “The UK would have to pay for single market access, which would require a new and difficult negotiation.”

In the Press - Germany hostile to UK's '3-basket' Brexit plan as duo flies in for talks

10 January 2018
RT
Insiders say hostility from Germany remains Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, said: “German officials worry that clever British diplomacy would – with this model – enable the UK to ‘cherry-pick’ the bits of the single market that the UK wants to stay in, while it spurned those parts of the market it disliked."

In the Press - Why Brussels is not buying Theresa May's 'No Deal' minister bluff

08 January 2018
The Telegraph
As Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, puts it. “The EU-27 do not take the threat of a UK walk out very seriously, believing that the consequences of no deal, while bad for the EU economy, would be catastrophic for the UK economy".