Charles Grant

Charles Grant

Areas of expertise 

Britain's EU referendum, the 'future of Europe' debate, the euro, Russia, European foreign and defence policy and China's relations with the West.


Ireland's border is a problem it can't afford to leave unsolved

The Guardian
20 March 2018
The border issue could still wreck Brexit talks. But no-deal would damage Ireland almost as much as it would Britain.

CER reaction to Prime Minister Theresa May's 'Road to Brexit' speech

02 March 2018
"Theresa May’s speech was serious. It was good that she recognised that the UK faces trade-offs and will lose some access to the single market."

BBC Newsnight: EU-27 deals

02 March 2018
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform told Mark Urban that although quite a few EU countries want a broader deal than the Commission, France and Germany, they lack a leader (from 17.18 mins).

Theresa May's moment to soften her Brexit stance

The Financial Times
23 February 2018
Twenty months after the Brexit referendum, the British government is inching towards working out what to ask for in its future relationship with the EU.

Theresa May can't afford red lines on Brexit

07 February 2018
Future relationship has to be a trade-off between rules and access.

BBC Radio 4 - Today programme: Charles Grant debates Jacob Rees-Mogg on the pros and cons of customs union membership

03 February 2018
Charles Grant debates Jacob Rees-Mogg on the pros and cons of customs union membership and related politics (from 1:12).

Statement regarding comments by Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker in House of Commons

01 February 2018
The CER would like to provide the following clarification following an exchange in the House of Commons involving Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DexEU which mentioned CER director Charles Grant. 

CER podcast: Brexit negotiations phase 2: The politics of regulatory alignment

31 January 2018
Charles Grant talks to Sophia Besch about how the EU-27 view the British idea of a bespoke post-Brexit partnership based on regulatory alignment. 

Channel 4 News: Brexit transition: Exclusive view of negotiating guidelines report

25 January 2018
Charles Grant told Gary Gibbon of Channel 4 News that the UK will have to accept the transition on the EU's terms.

BBC News at 1: Macron's visit to the UK

18 January 2018
Charles Grant, director of the CER spoke to the BBC News at 1 about Emmanuel Macron's relationship with Theresa May (from 4:16 mins).