In the Press - Die Briten staunen über Michel Barnier

13 May 2021
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“ In den Jahren der Austrittsverhandlungen hatten die Brexiteers Barnier als unbeugsamen Kritiker eines neuen britischen Nationalismus wahrgenommen. Für die meisten Remainer war Barnier dagegen die Stimme der Vernunft. Jetzt nennt John Springford vom EU-freundlichen „Centre for European Reform“ Barniers Vorstoß „absurd und unglaublich schädlich“.

In the Press - Brexit has cost UK economy almost £16bn in trade since 2016, report finds

13 May 2021
The New European
The Centre for European Reform (CER) estimates that leaving the single market and customs union at the end of 2020 has reduced UK trade by £7.7billion, or 11%, since March.

In the Press - Brexit has cost Britain nearly £16 billion since 2016, experts estimate

13 May 2021
The London Economic
The Centre for European Reform estimates that quitting the single market and customs union at the end of December 2020 reduced UK trade by £7.7 billion – roughly 11 per cent – in March. This came on top of a further £8 billion hit to trade between the referendum, in June 2016, and quitting the single market – a period which saw a significant fall in the value of Sterling.

In the Press - Turkey-style deal for Libya to stop migration to Europe 'not feasible'

13 May 2021
The National
Luigi Scazzieri, an expert on EU foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, told The National a Turkey-style deal was out of the question because it would involve housing migrants in Libya. “The way the deal with Turkey works is that migrants and refugees who arrive in Greece and did not qualify for asylum were returned to Turkey,” he said.

In the Press - Brexit has cost UK nearly £16 billion in trade of goods since the 2016 referendum, The Centre for European Reform estimates

12 May 2021
The Evening Standard
Brexit has delivered a blow of nearly £16 billion to the UK’s trade in goods since the 2016 referendum, leading experts said today.The Centre for European Reform estimates that leaving the single market and customs union at the end of December 2020 had reduced UK trade by £7.7 billion, or 11 per cent, in March.

In the Press - France should ban non-EU immigration for up to FIVE YEARS, says ex Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

11 May 2021
The Sun
John Springford, from the London-based think tank the Centre for European Reform, said it was "absurd and would be incredibly damaging".

In the Press - UK’s services sector starts to count the real cost of Brexit

10 May 2021
Financial Times
In non-regulated services businesses, Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, says, “The difficulties are more indirect: if [a UK advertising agency] wants to be serving clients in Italy from London, you want to have Italians on staff. The new [UK] immigration system makes it more difficult to hire [EU nationals].” 

In the Press - Madrid success raises hopes of Europe’s struggling centre-right

09 May 2021
Financial Times
“This was an election fought in bars,” said Camino Mortera-Martinez, of the Centre for European Reform, who thinks it would be hard to replicate elsewhere in Spain, let alone in Europe. “The stance Díaz Ayuso took completely destroyed party lines. It was borderline populist if not populist altogether.”

In the Press - UK freeports blow as exporters face tariffs to 23 countries

09 May 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre For European Reform, said the clauses went against the political “narrative” that eight new freeports announced in the spring Budget would be economically transformative. “I’ve always thought they were largely pointless anyway,” he said. “It is absolutely the case that if you produce certain products in freeports you will not be able to take advantage of many of the free trade agreements.”

In the Press - The recovery is gaining strength, but Brexit is still inflicting damage

28 April 2021
The Times
The Centre for European Reform estimated this month in its “cost of Brexit” assessment that UK trade was taking an additional hit, on top of the 10 per cent reduction in UK exports relative to what they would have been since the 2016 referendum.

Future events

T20 webinar on 'After COVID-19: A most wanted recovery'

19 May 2021
With Franco Bruni, Paul De Grauwe, Maria Demertzis, Elena Flores, Christian Odendahl and André Sapir

Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2021

09 June 2021 to 11 June 2021
Speakers will include Nadia Calviño, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, Gergely Karácsony, Ivan Krastev, Paul Mason, Olaf Scholz, Ardalan Shekarabi and Nathalie Tocci