Sam Lowe

Sam Lowe

Senior research fellow
Areas of expertise 

International trade, European trade policy, rules of origin, the single market, Brexit, environmental co-operation, investor-state dispute settlement.


Forget new trade deals – Britain’s struggling to keep the ones it has

The Guardian
07 February 2019
Liam Fox said up to 40 would be ready one second after Brexit. Well, they won’t, and the government must be honest about it.

The other May problem

01 February 2019
Many officials believe we will need – and could easily get – an extension to the March 29 deadline for Brexit. But, with European elections looming in May, this may prove far trickier than we imagine.

PIIE: Trade Talks Episode 68: Brexit votes for uncertainty

19 January 2019
Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown discuss the rocky departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Sam Lowe (Centre for European Reform) joins for an update on the latest political developments as Britain approaches the March 29, 2019 deadline. They then speak with Meredith Crowley (University of Cambridge) and Kyle Handley (University of Michigan) about new research on the economic impact that Brexit-related uncertainty has already had.

¿Cuáles son las opciones de Theresa May?

17 January 2019
La única manera que tiene Theresa May de obtener una mayoría parlamentaria a favor de su acuerdo de retirada es estar dispuesta a negociar una relación más blanda con la UE.

ABC News: Brexit vote defeat

16 January 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to ABC News about the current situation in the UK after the historic defeat in the commons last night, "a general election might not solve anything" he said.

BBC Radio 4 - Today programme: Free trade negotiations

09 January 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (from 2:24), speaks to the Today programme discussing the complexities of post-Brexit tariffs.

Food prices will go up, not down, after a no-deal Brexit – despite what Jacob Rees-Mogg says

07 January 2019
Could Brexit mean cheaper food on our supermarket shelves? The idea has been propagated by politicians such as Jacob Rees-Mogg and business people like JD Wetherspoon’s owner Tim Martin, who promised lower prices in his “Beermat Manifesto”.

How can Father Christmas deliver presents in a no deal Brexit scenario? Baby, it's cold outside (the EU)

19 December 2018
In the run up to 25th December, there is one issue that has not received half the attention it deserves: what happens to Father Christmas in December 2019 in the event of a no deal Brexit?

Parliament Live: Exiting the European Union Committee

19 December 2018
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, along with Dr Kirsty Hughes, Catherine Barnard and Henry Newman, gave evidence on the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.

Brexit's impact on services

18 December 2018
Trade in services has not received enough attention in the Brexit debate. But if Theresa May follows through on plans for the UK to leave the single market, UK services exports to the EU-27 will likely fall, in the case of financial services by more than half, and related jobs and tax revenues will suffer.