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With Cummings gone and Biden in, a Brexit trade deal beckons

15 November 2020
The Telegraph
To this reason for reaching a deal with the EU, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, adds another two; that failure would play straight into the hands of insurgent Scottish separatists and would cause an already alienated business community to go through the roof in fury.

Ghana loses faith on UK trade deal

15 November 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, senior fellow at the Centre of European Reform, says: “Trade policy in the UK is an executive competence. I don’t buy this ‘DIT’s only got a mandate for rollovers’ line.”

The future of EU-Israel relations after Biden's victory

13 November 2020
The New Arab
Luigi Scazzieri, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, says Biden will take a much less pro-Israel line than Trump, and "will recommit the US to a two-state solution" and be critical of Israeli settlement construction. "I think Israel will be pressured to drop the annexation agenda," he told The New Arab.

Biden puts pressure on Johnson to do a deal with the EU

12 November 2020
The Economist
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, says the next weeks will see growing pressure for a deal from business and pro-business cabinet ministers and Tory MPs. Mr Johnson’s rising unpopularity and reputation for incompetence also suggest he badly needs to show he can at least get a much-promised Brexit trade deal.

Parliament Live: International Trade Committee - UK trade negotiations: Agreement with Japan

11 November 2020
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform gave evidence to the International Trade Committee on the UK's trade negotiations and agreement with Japan.

CER podcast: The global recovery from the pandemic: How can we get it right this time?

Christian Odendahl, Megan Greene
11 November 2020
Christian Odendahl spoke to Megan Greene, Harvard Kennedy School, about her thoughts on the post-COVID global recovery

Brexit: UK firms face £80bn trade hit due to government failure to roll over EU deals

10 November 2020
The Independent
“It now seems likely that the UK will manage to roll over the majority of the EU’s trade agreements by the end of the year. Of those outstanding, Canada, Singapore and Vietnam will probably be done in the coming weeks, but Mexico will be a struggle,” said Sam Lowe, senior fellow at the Centre of European Reform.

A special relationship faces social distancing

10 November 2020
US News
"It's definitely the case that if Johnson goes for a no-deal Brexit, there's little likelihood he'll be rewarded with a US trade deal," says John Springford, deputy director of the think tank Centre for European Reform and an expert on global trade.

EU to 'intensify co-operation' with new US government, von der Leyen says

09 November 2020
Euronews
"America is weaker. Trump's antics have damaged the US's soft power - and the recent election process hasn't helped," tweeted Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform.Grant expects the EU to continue to have difficulty navigating between the US and China although experts have said that Biden will likely reaffirm the country's traditional alliances including with the EU.

ERR: "Välisilm": käesolev nädal on Brexiti leppe jaoks viimane võimalus

09 November 2020
Ka Suurbritanniast pärit analüütiku Ian Bondi sõnul on Euroopa Liidu käes olndu trumbid algusest peale.
"Suurbritannia kaotab kaubavahetuses väga suure osa oma sisemajanduse koguproduktist ajal, mil majandus kannatab nagunii juba koroonapandeemia mõjude all. Euroopa Liidu ja Suurbritannia kaubavahetuse sõltuvuses üksteisest on väga suur ebavõrdsus. Need inimesed, kes on rääkinud, et Suurbritannia...

US election results: Will Brexit drive a wedge between Boris Johnson and Joe Biden?

08 November 2020
Sky News
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, told Sky News: "The Biden advisers I talk to are concerned about Brexit, partly just for reasons of national interest. "They saw Britain as a friend and helper in Europe who helped steer the EU in a pro-US direction, pushing Atlanticist agendas on free trade, a strong NATO and standing up to Russia.

Rollback der Trump-Gesetzgebung Das sind die ersten Maßnahmen, die Joe Biden umsetzen will

08 November 2020
Der Tagesspiegel
Sam Lowe vom Centre for European Reform sagte, Biden werde zwar „die Drohung eines Handelskrieges vom Tisch nehmen“. Die EU dürfe sich aber nicht der Illusion hingeben, „dass Biden ein verkleideter Europäer ist“. Es werde in der Wirtschaftspolitik zwischen beiden Seiten weiter große Meinungsverschiedenheiten geben, etwa bei der Besteuerung von Internet-Konzernen.

Channel 4 News: What does a Biden presidency mean for US-UK relations?

07 November 2020
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Channel 4 News about the impact of a Biden presidency for the UK will be the shape of the future ‘special relationship’ with the United States

British electric car industry worried about future Japanese investment

05 November 2020
The Japan Times
On the EU’s proposals, Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, wrote, “the proposed rules of origin suggest the (European) Commission spies an opportunity to use the trade agreement to further its ambitions of ‘strategic autonomy,’ and cajole European industry into hastily developing an on-shore domestic battery industry.”

EU plots course as US awaits election winner

04 November 2020
Deutsche Welle
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, said the US was still "a long way from a constitutional crisis." But, he told DW, no matter the outcome of the 2020 election, the EU was going to have to start relying less on US leadership on the world stage in the years to come.

In Britain, concern over US election – but no official comment

04 November 2020
NPR
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, a London think-tank, says the election’s big winners are actually Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Even if Biden squeaks out a narrow victory, Xi and Putin will have a divided, introspective and dysfunctional U.S. to deal with,” Bond tweeted.

EU an anxious spectator as Americans head to the polls in unprecedented election

03 November 2020
The Parliament Magazine
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy and Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER) think-tank, argue that before Trump’s 2016 campaign, Democrats and Republicans broadly agreed on the need to uphold the multilateral world order, to promote free trade and the free market, and to nurture democracy.“Trump’s isolationist economic and foreign policies smashed this consensus,” they suggest.

New Brexit threat to key sectors of all-island economy

31 October 2020
RTE News
"[The EU chief negotiator Michel] Barnier said no because the EU thinks the UK is just trying to remain part of supply chains, trying to get [EU] customs union benefits without being in the customs union and it will lead to a UK offshore manufacturing hub," says Sam Lowe, a trade expert with the Centre for European Reform (CER).  "The EU has been quite firm on this."

Five big questions as America votes: Europe

30 October 2020
Atlantic Council
In which areas should the United States and Germany work to reconcile their differences to address global challenges and where should they “agree to disagree”? “In the field of security and defense, Germany and the United States have an interest in reconciling their differences over a number of issues.

What a Biden win means for a UK-US trade deal

29 October 2020
The Telegraph
Biden's trade efforts are likely to focus on “mopping up the economic wreckage of Covid-19” by ramping up efforts to reshore some medical and other critical supply chains, according to Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank.