In the Press - Brexit à la carte: It will be hard to win unfettered access to the single market for specific sectors

22 October 2016
The Economist
John Springford at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, says it would be technically possible for the British car industry to remain in the EU's customs union.

In the Press - European leaders debate response to Russia's actions in Syria

21 October 2016
Voice of America
While the flow of migrants through Turkey has slowed, thousands continue to arrive every week on Italian shores from North Africa. Ahead of the Brussels summit, Italy accused Europe of a lack of solidarity in dealing with the crisis – with some justification, said Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform."Italy is facing a problem which is absolutely not its own fault, but the EU’s response has been inadequate. And that’s partly because you have countries like Hungary in particular, Poland to some extent, who are saying that they are not prepared to take part in sharing out the refugees who are reaching Italy," said Bond.

In the Press - Nederlandse kiezer wil meer én minder Europa tegelijk

20 October 2016
NRC Handelsblad
"Rem Korteweg, van het Centre for European Reform in Londen, vindt de inzakkende steun voor een Nexit, een Nederlandse uittreding uit de Europese Unie, een opmerkelijk gegeven uit het onderzoek. Vooral omdat de Brexit, die daar waarschijnlijk de oorzaak van is, nog helemaal niet heeft plaatsgevonden."

In the Press - Theresa May given stark warning about leaving customs union

18 October 2016
The Guardian
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said that Irish officials feared that the return of customs posts would provoke terrorist attacks. “The British and Irish governments would certainly do everything possible to minimise physical customs checks on the border – perhaps through the use of advanced technology, or simply through checking lorries at towns near the border, rather than at the border itself,” he said.

In the Press - Britain may end up with the most 'extreme' version of Brexit because there may not be enough time to negotiate with Brussels, say ministers

15 October 2016
The Telegraph
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said that a recent tour of EU capitals had confirmed rising a sense of hostility to the UK after the speech. "What it has done is eliminate any residual good will," he said. "Britain took a big hit in Europe on June 24, and it took another big hit on Tory Party conference. If you want a half-decent deal you need to nice to people and the government is doing a bad job of that at moment."

In the Press - The isle is full of noises

15 October 2016
The Economist
For a smooth Brexit, Britain must drop the boorish language and try to understand its neighbours...  “We forget that other people watch us,” despairs Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform in London.

In the Press - EU council president: It's hard Brexit or no Brexit at all

14 October 2016
The Guardian
Simon Tilford, deputy director of pro-EU think-tank the Centre for European Reform, said the markets would be scrutinising the government’s actions closely. “They’ve had a honeymoon, and it’s very clearly over,” he said. “It’s pretty clear that of the leading members of the government, only Philip Hammond understands the gravity of the situation.” He added: “What’s really spooked people is the suspicion that they really don’t know what they’re doing.”

In the Press - Britten zakken steeds dieper in moeras

11 October 2016
Het Financieele Dagblad
Simon Tilford van het Centre for European Reform deed het en maakt in zijn rapport ‘Brexit Britain: The poor man of Western Europe’ gehakt van de mythe dat het Verenigd Koninkrijk een ‘powerhouse’ is, zoals Britse media zo graag stellen, een economie die nog veel harder zou groeien als het eenmaal van de Brusselse ketenen zou zijn verlost.