In the Press - UK-New Zealand trade deal close but will only have a ‘minuscule’ impact in British shops, experts say

31 August 2021
iNews
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, said: “I don’t think there will be much noticeable impact whatsoever. We’re talking about a country that’s quite small and on the other side of the world. “At best we’re talking about perhaps some additional variety in supermarkets. You could see New Zealand wine stocked more frequently, or it being half a pence cheaper or something like that, but we’re not talking about anything major and you wouldn’t expect there to be.”

In the Press - Brexit: What next for the Northern Ireland Protocol?

31 August 2021
BBC News
Sam Lowe, from the Centre for European Reform, said the EU would not be happy at the prospect of further extensions but would not be surprised."The question is whether the grace period extensions can be agreed together, as part of a joint exercise designed to work through the issues surrounding the implementation of the protocol, or whether the UK extends them unilaterally," he said.

In the Press - The Afghanistan debacle has weakened ties between Britain and America

27 August 2021
The Economist
Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, notes that support for the peace process is unusually bipartisan in America. If Mr Johnson is seen as threatening it, the reaction in Washington will be fierce.

In the Press - ‘Bonkers’ fight over product standards shows old Brexit battles persist

25 August 2021
Financial Times
Instead of pursuing what Sam Lowe from the Centre for European Reform calls “performative divergence”, the government accepts that this is a change that comes at significant cost and with little real benefit. 

In the Press - UK manufacturers win big concession on post-Brexit quality mark

24 August 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, said that since the UK was unlikely to diverge from EU goods rules in practice in most areas, it made sense to continue to allow CE-marked goods to be sold in the UK, both now and far into the future.

In the Press - UK manufacturers to get big concession on post-Brexit quality mark

24 August 2021
The Irish Times
Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, said that since the UK was unlikely to diverge from EU goods rules in practice in most areas, it made sense to continue to allow CE-marked goods to be sold in the UK, both now and far into the future.

In the Press - US and UK could strike 'mini deals' before FTA: 'There is still appetite!'

23 August 2021
The Daily Express
Referring to the agreement Brussels reached with the Trump administration at the time, Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, wrote on Twitter: "When I’ve been saying the UK and US could do a mini trade deal this year, this is the sort of thing I was talking about."

In the Press - Bruselas sopesa activar una vía de emergencia para ofrecer protección a refugiados afganos

19 August 2021
El Pais
El gabinete de estudios Centre for European Reform (CER) considera muy improbable que Afganistán se convierta en una fuente importante de migración, como ya ocurrió tras la invasión del país por la Unión Soviética (1979) o tras la primera llegada al poder de los talibanes (1996).

In the Press - European Commission recommends ‘No’ for Lugano as Brexit fallout intensifies

05 August 2021
The Parliament Magazine
Some observers believe that the Single Market aspect, while genuine, is not the main reason for the Commission’s stance. In a recent blog, Zach Meyers and Camino Mortera-Martinez of the Centre for European Reform (CER) think tank argue that, “A more likely explanation for the Commission’s reticence to allow the UK to re-join the convention is that Britain remains a difficult partner for the EU on a range of issues, not least in honouring its own word.”

In the Press - An entente cordiale with France beckons – once Macron has gone

04 August 2021
The Telegraph
 “It was not the Americans who ended the siege of Sarajevo: it was the British and the French on the ground,” said Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform. 

Future events

Labour Party Conference fringe event on 'Britain and the EU: What kind of relationship do they need?'

28 September 2021
Brighton
Speakers:?Hilary Benn MP, Co-Convenor, UK Trade and Business Commission,?Jenny Chapman MP, Shadow Minister for Task Force Europe,?Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary (TBC)
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform

Conservative Party Conference fringe event on 'Britain and the EU: What kind of relationship do they need?'

04 October 2021
Manchester
Speakers:?Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy,?Lucy Neville-Rolfe, House of Lords, UK?
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform