In the Press - Europe without the UK: Liberated or diminished?

15 March 2019
Financial Times
“The signs are that deepening of the single market will continue, with a focus on the digital market. Though integrating services markets would be a big prize, the opposition of national regulators and professional bodies is likely to prevent progress, especially without the UK’s influence. France and Germany, which have not always supported liberalisation, will have proportionately more weight post-Brexit. There are indications, however, that countries that champion the single market have realised that they need to fill the gap left by the UK’s departure.” (Centre for European Reform)  

In the Press - No-deal trade tariffs will hurt Northern Ireland's economy, but an even bigger hit lurks

14 March 2019
The Telegraph
As Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform says: “The Government has accepted that the UK will not have the same level of market access as we do now. Beyond financial services where people have started to realise there’s an issue, there’s legal services, accounting services, professional standards. There’s questions for Northern Irish industry there.”

In the Press - Politics is failing on Brexit but economics has been on the money

14 February 2019
Financial Times
The economy is now 1.5 per cent smaller than the Bank of England forecast in May 2016 while the world economy has been stronger than expected. Compared with similar advanced economies, studies estimate the UK Brexit hit to be 2.3 per cent.

In the Press - Twardy brexit z przypadku

14 March 2019
Rzeczpospolita
Theresa May może teraz sama grać na dalsze, nawet roczne, przedłużenie negocjacji. W ten sposób wywarłaby presję na radykalnych zwolenników brexitu, żeby poparli jej wersję umowy i szybko wyszli z UE. Bo w razie przedłużenia negocjacji zwiększyłaby się szansa na pozostanie Wielkiej Brytanii w UE – mówi „Rzeczpospolitej" Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, ekspertka Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - What 'no deal' Brexit really means, and how it might affect daily life in the UK

12 March 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 to cushion the blow. "For now the Commission is taking a strong line, but EU member-states will have to look after their own interests", he predicts.

In the Press - Brexit: Theresa May secures assurances from EU but may not be able to pass her deal in Parliament

11 March 2019
The Washington Post
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said the outcome of this week’s votes could play into May’s political future. “Can she remain as prime minister if Parliament is taking control and guiding the Brexit process?” he said. “It’s not entirely clear.”

In the Press - MPs say they are ready to push May towards softer Brexit

11 March 2019
The Guardian
“If she comes forward with a process on Thursday then that would be a way forward … but if she doesn’t that is when we will be looking at possible amendments or other approaches … to make sure you can get indicative votes,” Cooper said in a speech at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Brexit meaningful vote will go ahead, Theresa May says

11 March 2019
The Guardian
If the prime minister continued to equivocate around changes to the backstop, Cooper said, she and others would attempt to force a new process.“If she comes forward with a process on Thursday, then that would be a way forward … but if she doesn’t, that is when we will be looking at possible amendments or other approaches … to make sure you can get indicative votes,” Cooper said in her speech at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Parliament will wrest control of Brexit if PM fails to build consensus - UK lawmaker

11 March 2019
Reuters
Prime Minister Theresa May must find a way to build consensus in parliament over Britain's departure from the European Union, and if she fails to, parliament will try to take control of Brexit, a Labour Party lawmaker said on Monday.
Yvette Cooper, an opposition party lawmaker who has led efforts to hand parliament more control over Brexit, said in a speech at the Centre for European Reform: "There are practical steps the prime minister can take now, not easy ones, but sensible ones - step by step to build more consensus around a way through this."

In the Press - Brexiteers whipped, flights snatched and a late debate in Juncker's private rooms: Theresa May's frantic day

11 March 2019
The Telegraph
By 10.15am Barclay was holding face-to-face talks with the PM at Downing Street as Labour MP Yvette Cooper - the proponent of an amendment threatening to ‘take back control’ of the Brexit process from the Government - was helpfully reminding Mrs May how high the stakes were. Addressing an audience at the Centre for European Reform, she declared that shelving the vote would be a “straight up lie” - not the first time the former minister has accused the PM of being economical with the truth following a similar outburst int he Commons in 2017.