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Boris Johnson delivered on Brexit. It may not soothe his unruly party

25 December 2020
The New York Times
“In the short term, the Tory Party is pretty united around the very hard Brexit that Boris Johnson pushed Britain toward but which many Britons never thought they were voting for,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute.

Brexit deal betrayal: EU reserves right to 'suspend deal' if UK drifts away from ECHR

25 December 2020
Express
Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, wrote on Twitter: "As expected the 'Trade and Co-operation Deal' covers both trade and co-operation on matters such as law enforcement, civil and criminal judicial matters and research. It contains an additional 'horizontal' chapter on governance.

BBC News - Business daily: Brexit talks continue ahead of likely deal

24 December 2020
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Business Daily about the ongoing Brexit talks.

Brexit deal: UK announces 'Canada-style' arrangement with EU after December 31

24 December 2020
Euronews
Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, said the deal was "thin" and that negotiations would likely be ongoing. "When the Brits realise what a thin deal they've got, their politicians will debate how/whether to improve it. Labour is likely to seek closer economic & security ties. For one reason or another, UK & EU will be in permanent negotiation, for at least 50 years. Ask the Swiss," Grant tweeted.

Ireland can't hope to avoid the pitfalls of Brexit

19 December 2020
Independent (Ireland)
Confusion over product labelling, safety standards and customs rules means companies could also be looking at future product recalls, fines and even imprisonment as they trade under a new regime, according to the Centre for European Reform’s (CER) Sam Lowe.“It is not a question of whether companies will break the law – they will – but how vigorously the EU and UK authorities choose to enforce the new rules,” Mr Lowe said.

CER end of year podcast: Reflecting on 2020

18 December 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, Charles Grant, Christian Odendahl and Camino Mortera-Martinez look back at the year.

What does 2021 hold for jobs and businesses in Europe?

17 December 2020
Euronews
For more insight into the EU’s economic future, euronews’ Naomi Lloyd spoke to Christian Odendahl, Chief Economist of think-tank the Centre for European Reform.According to Odendahl, we really need this fund. Southern Europe’s economies depend a lot on tourism and he believes the European recovery fund can bridge the gaps between the north and the south’s finances:“The amounts that are going from the north of Europe to the south are quite sizeable”, says Odendahl, adding “for a country like Greece, for example, it is bound to receive roughly 2 percent of GDP over the next couple of years. That’s a very sizeable transfer.”

Showdown ohne Ende: Warum die Brexit-Verhandlungen eine einzige Bankrotterklärung sind

17 December 2020
Stern
Charles Grant ist Chef des überparteilichen „Centre for European Reform“, ein weiser und leiser Mann, der den Brexit voraussagte, als das Wort dafür noch gar nicht existierte, ihm aber bereits im Jahre 2004 schwante, dass seine Landsleute gehen würden. Man begegnete Grant im Laufe der Jahre immer wieder.

Brexit : les conservateurs britanniques s’accrochent au rêve de « Global Britain »

17 December 2020
La Croix
« En tant qu’ancien État membre cherchant à souligner son « indépendance », le Royaume-Uni ne pense pas que son influence dans les affaires de sécurité de l’Europe dépende d’une relation contractuelle avec l’UE, mais de son statut de membre permanent du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, de membre de l’Otan et de grande puissance militaire » souligne Ian Bond, directeur au Centre for European Reform (CER). 

Boris Johnson to visit India in January in bid to transform G7

Rory Stewart
15 December 2020
The Guardian
Rory Stewart, the former foreign office minister, told a Centre for European Reform event last week that the idea of “a big boys’ club of democracies” could spell “big trouble”, since it will be seen as democracies against China.

Strategic autonomy and the next four years of EU-US relations

15 December 2020
Encompass
European leaders greeted Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election with relief.

Los desafíos internos acechan a Merkel

14 December 2020
El Pais
“Hemos perdido cinco semanas. Deberíamos haber optado por un cierre total desde mediados de octubre o antes. Merkel era perfectamente consciente, pero no se ha creado el clima necesario para que la población aceptara las medidas en una fase temprana”, interpreta Christian Odendahl, economista jefe del Centre for European Reform.

German economy hit hard as abrupt lockdown strikes fresh blow

14 December 2020
Bloomberg
The latest numbers show that imposing a painful lockdown early is better than a series of softer stop-and-go measures, said Christian Odendahl, the Berlin-based chief economist of the Centre for European Reform.“Containing the virus effectively and in a timely fashion is what’s best for the economy in the medium run,” he said.

Ireland faces a Brexit day of reckoning – deal or no deal

13 December 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, an economist at the Centre for European Reform, agrees. He says: “After the UK, Ireland is the European economy most exposed to Brexit in general, no matter what the type of Brexit.

FT Podcast Payne's Politics: Time running out for Brexit trade deal

12 December 2020
With negotiations on a Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU stalled again, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of a no-deal outcome, can the process be salvaged? Plus, with the Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland resolved this week in a new protocol, has the threat of a...

Britain faces a no-deal crash-out: even ultra-Brexiters said this would be a disaster

11 December 2020
The Guardian
“It’s because it’s Europe,” says trade analyst Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform. Ultimately, he’s concluded, this isn’t about tariffs and barriers, but something far more visceral. “They’re annoyed we’re in Europe’s vicinity.” If they could move Britain physically further away from the continent, they would. They long to be free of its taint.

Bloomberg - European Close: Brexit and the recovery fund

11 December 2020
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Bloomberg about the recovery fund resolution and his fears that Europe will struggle to fill Angela Merkel's role as mediator when she stands down next year.

Politico Playbook interview: Sam Lowe

11 December 2020
Politico London Playbook
The Centre for European Reform’s senior research fellow Sam Lowe made the (relative) case for optimism about the UK and EU’s ability to reach a deal all the way back in March.

Brexit and trade: Implications for Wales

11 December 2020
House of Commons
In his evidence to our inquiry, Sam Lowe, Centre for European Reform, also emphasised the importance of a trade agreement with the EU, in particular for agriculture, as high tariffs would apply to beef, lamb and other areas if trading with the EU on WTO terms: We just have to be blunt about it.

CER podcast: Can the EU bring its neighbouring countries further into its orbit?

Katherine Pye, Katarína Mathernová
10 December 2020
Katherine Pye spoke to Katarína Mathernová about the EU's relations with Eastern Partnership countries.