In the Press - How Brexit got harder

22 August 2019
The Atlantic
Trade deals “were honed in as something that could be held up as a trophy,” Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank, told me.

In the Press - Boris Johnson needs help from Trump, but not too much

21 August 2019
The New York Times
There is growing speculation that Mr Johnson is aiming for a general election, said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute based in London, since his working parliamentary majority has dwindled to just one. But that presents other perils.“If he is going into an election, he has to be very careful not to be seen as Trump’s poodle,” he said. The opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is already trying to disparage Mr. Johnson as “Britain’s Trump.”

In the Press - Brexit masterplan: The ONE key demand Donald Trump will make to strike trade deal with UK

20 August 2019
The Express
Trade expert Sam Lowe claimed Mr Trump will demand a key aspect is included in the negotiations before he agrees to sign a new deal with London.Speaking to BBC Brexitcast, Mr Lowe said: "The WTO issues of this don’t really matter, it’s the political ones that matter. Will the US really do an agreement with the UK that excludes agriculture?"I think we know the answer to that is very unlikely."

In the Press - Will German slowdown hit eastern European economies?

19 August 2019
Deutsche Welle
According to the Centre for European Reform, the Visegrad 4 (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) collectively is now Germany's most important trade partner, ahead of China and the US, due to their integration in EU supply chains.

In the Press - Here's how Germany could boost its economy, if it wants to act

18 August 2019
Bloomberg
With its infrastructure in poor shape, Germany could think big and commit to higher investment for the next 15 to 20 years, according Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in Berlin. Germany is ranked highly in the overall global competitiveness index, but falls short in areas like road quality and internet connectivity.

In the Press - Costly tariff spat masks deeper trade problems

18 August 2019
The Wall Street Journal
Nor do tariffs necessarily explain patterns of global trade. Consider American automobiles, whose relative unpopularity in Europe owes more to narrow streets than EU import duties, said Sam Lowe, a trade-policy expert at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank focused on EU affairs.

In the Press - Trump envoy's cheap Brexit promises

14 August 2019
Politico
“What Bolton is proposing is not realistic," said Sam Lowe from the Centre for European Reform. "Why would Congress sign off on anything that doesn’t have agriculture included?”"All Congress cares about is agriculture and dismantling the EU’s regulatory approach to food and chemicals,” Lowe argued. Any deal that falls short of that would not be ratified, regardless of Bolton's assurances.

In the Press - The US-UK post-Brexit trade deal is too good to be true

13 August 2019
Yahoo Finance
In fact, Centre for European Reform’s trade expert Sam Lowe pointed out that "the reason for this is that the EU actually offered this approach to the US as a means of getting away from the trade war by saying 'let’s find a solution'.”

In the Press - Trump accused of ‘dangling a carrot’ with trade deals

13 August 2019
Evening Standard
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “It could be seen as him dangling a  carrot in front of us when actually he just wants our support in other areas.”

In the Press - US-UK trade deal: Too good to be true?

13 August 2019
BBC News
The UK is "first in line" for a trade deal with the US, President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton has said. And deals could be reached on a sector by sector basis.However, Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, is sceptical, particularly if the Trump administration proposed an agreement that focused on industrial goods and excluded agriculture to begin with.

Future events

Labour Party Conference fringe event on 'What route out of the Brexit maze?'

24 September 2019
Speakers:
Hilary Benn, MP & Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry 
Keir Starmer, MP & Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
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Conservative Party Conference fringe event on 'What route out of the Brexit maze?'

01 October 2019
Speaker:
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield
Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
Please note this event is within the secure area, so passes will be needed.