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.


CER podcast: What is a customs union?

05 June 2019
Sophia Besch asks Sam Lowe to explain what a customs union is. Sam argues that a customs union is still compatible with an effective UK trade policy.

The UK has much to fear from a US trade agreement

The New Statesman
03 June 2019
Any deal with Trump would likely stray into areas such as food safety and drug pricing — and the president would come back for more.

Immigration is key to UK’s services trade after Brexit

24 May 2019
Despite its importance to the economy, the UK’s services sector has not attracted the attention it deserves in the Brexit debate. Services account for around 45 per cent of total UK exports in value terms, a high proportion for a medium-sized economy.
Parliament Live: Exiting the European Union Committee

Parliament Live: Exiting the European Union Committee

01 May 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, along with David Henig Director, Dr Pınar Artıran and Ruth Lea CBE, gave evidence on the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal. 
Read transcript here.

BBC News: New Brexit extension

11 April 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to BBC News about the new Brexit extension (at 11.45).

Newsnight: The how, why and if of the new Brexit extension

09 April 2019
European fears that the UK would disrupt EU affairs during a further Brexit extension are probably overblown, Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform tells BBC Newsnight (from 06:28 mins). 

No-deal Brexit would not be the end of the world – just very, very, very bad

The New Statesman
04 April 2019
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, some have convinced themselves that exiting the EU without an agreement – “no deal” – is a good idea. It is not.

The reality of Britain's role in the global trading system after Brexit remains deeply uncertain

The Independent
30 March 2019
Continuity agreements are in place with a small number of countries but replicating the arrangements that Britain currently benefits from will be the overriding priority throughout the transition period - if there is one - and beyond.

BBC Radio 4: The Briefing Room: Britain's future

28 March 2019
With the route of the UK’s departure from the European Union still unclear, this week David Aaronovitch looks at Britain’s place in the world and assesses what lies ahead in the next stage of negotiations with the EU. Joining David in the Briefing Room are: Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, Meg Russell, Director of the Constitutional Unit at University College London and Stefanie Bolzen, London Correspondent of German newspaper, Welt.

No deal, no border

The Business Post
17 March 2019
In the event of no deal Brexit, we now know the UK’s plan for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland: pretend it doesn’t exist.