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.


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.

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?

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.

The Guardian - Politics Weekly podcast: #Brexitshambles

13 December 2018
It was one step forward and two steps back in the Brexit hokey cokey this week. Tuesday’s long-awaited parliamentary vote was cancelled at the 11th hour, as Theresa May realised that a catastrophic defeat could be curtains for her premiership.
MPs raged, and within 24 hours Sir Graham Brady, chair of...

BBC Radio 4 - Today programme: Emergency brake to limit free movement

07 December 2018
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (from 2:13), speaks to the Today programme about the emergency brake to limit free movement.

BBC - The Real Story: Britain's big Brexit moment

07 December 2018
Chris Morris and a panel of experts, including Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, discuss the costs and benefits of May's deal, no deal, no Brexit - and everything in-between.

Whether transition extension or backstop, Britain needs to embrace the consequences

The Times
12 November 2018
If reports are correct, the landing zone for Northern Ireland and the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is in sight.

Debunking Jacob Rees-Mogg’s claim an extension period will make the UK a ‘vassal state’

19 October 2018
In an effort to break the Brexit negotiation deadlock over the Irish backstop, it is reported that Theresa May has conceded that the standstill transition period could be extended beyond its current deadline of December 2020.

Weetabix wars and X-Men: Welcome to the wacky world of trade post-Brexit

The New Statesman
03 October 2018
As a UK that goes it alone will soon learn, trade disputes are complex, bizarre and at times, well, a little petty.

There’s nothing ‘super’ about Boris Johnson’s tired old Brexit ideas

The Guardian
28 September 2018
If Boris Johnson puts pen to paper and it doesn’t get on the front page of the Telegraph, did it really happen? I guess we’ll never know.