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Britain to face BIGGER issues than EU's demand for HUGE Brexit divorce bill, warns expert

24 November 2017
The Express
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform (CER), said the EU’s demand for a Brexit divorce bill is a small issue in comparison to the Irish border. Speaking to CNBC, Mr Bond said: “I don’t really think at the moment that the exit price is going to be the most difficult thing to solve. I mean, that in a sense is arguing about the price of the carpet. 

CNBC: Brexit divorce bill price won't be most difficult issue to solve

24 November 2017
How the UK government approaches the Irish border will be "much more difficult," Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, told CNBC.

EU reward to Britain for Brexit concessions may prove meager

24 November 2017
The Wall Street Journal
There may be some carve-out allowing Britain not to apply new post-Brexit EU laws, “but only if those bits of legislation have no material impact on the” key rules of the EU single market, said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Center for European Reform.

Border issue most likely to scupper Brexit deal, warns UK think-tank

24 November 2017
Irish Independent
Charles Grant, of the Centre for European Reform, which Michel Barnier addressed earlier this week, said he believes a deal can be done - if Ireland agrees to language that signals there would be no regulatory divergence between the North and the Republic. France and Germany are among the countries keen to move on to the next phase of the talks dealing with the future relationship, Mr Grant said.

Brexit bulletin: Suspicious minds

24 November 2017
Bloomberg
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, predicted this week that if there’s no breakthrough in December, it will be Ireland, not the financial settlement, that scuppers it.

Eastern partners, eastern problems

23 November 2017
EU Observer
You can tell something about the degree of enthusiasm the EU has for relations with its eastern partners from the 'Myths about the Eastern Partnership' factsheet posted on an EU website on the eve of the fifth 'Eastern Partnership' summit on November 24th.

Michel Barnier knows the real meaning of 'taking back control'

23 November 2017
The Evening Standard
It is ironic that those on the extreme Right who want to leave the EU will thereby demolish the biggest block to Corbyn’s economic policies. It is interesting, too, that the one politician who has a clear idea of the meaning of “take back control” is not British. Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator in the Brexit talks, made this clear at a conference on Monday in Brussels, organised by the Centre for European Reform.

The British machine is 'Getting its act together' on Brexit

22 November 2017
Bloomberg
Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, which has a track record of predicting the next steps in Brexit talks, said the perception in Brussels of the British team has improved, and with it the chances of a deal to allow negotiations to move from separation to trade. “EU officials say that British officials are being impressive, and guiding the politicians. The Treasury is more involved and that pleases them, because the Treasury is switched on,” Grant said in an interview. “May is more involved and that pleases them. The British machine is getting its act together.”

EU Commission gives grave WARNING to UK businesses after Barnier SCRAPS passporting rights

22 November 2017
The Express
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that if the UK leave the single market then financial firms will lose their EU passporting rights. He claimed the UK cannot “cherry pick” at aspects of the single market and it will lose the benefits of the single market when it leaves the European Union. Speaking at a conference by the Centre for European Reform, Mr Barnier said: “On financial services, UK voices suggest that Brexit does not mean Brexit. Brexit means Brexit, everywhere.

CER podcast series: How to save the EU

Sophia Besch, Christian Odendahl, Anand Menon, Yascha Mounk, Heather Grabbe, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Catherine Mann, Barry Eichengreen
22 November 2017
In November, the CER took more than 50 of Europe's top economists and political commentators to a conference on 'How to save the EU'.

Time for tough love for EU rule breakers

22 November 2017
Financial Times
 Brussels should withhold structural funds from countries in breach of the rule of law, argue Jasna Šelih, Ian Bond and Carl Dolan in a new report for the Centre for European Reform.

'You're powerless!' Bombshell report urges Brussels to punish states flouting 'EU values'

22 November 2017
The Express
Brussles should be granted the power to punish rogue member states flouting “EU values” by withholding billions of pounds in funding from them, a landmark report says today. The dossier, compiled by the influential Centre for European Reform think tank, says the bloc’s current deterrents are too weak and have “proved impossible to use in practice”. 

Judy Asks: Can Merkel pull through?

22 November 2017
Carnegie Europe
When I floated the idea of a German minority government in early September and argued that there were upsides to it, the reaction was critical, bordering on hostile.

Merkel's troubles may spell trouble for all of Europe

21 November 2017
The New York Times
“I don’t think it makes much difference to Brexit in the short term, because the positions of various parties in Berlin are all pretty hard-line on the issues,” said Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform. “But it might matter in the long term, because if the negotiations get stuck, Merkel and Macron could intervene to get a deal,” he said. “That might not happen if Merkel disappears, because the EU got used to her knocking heads together.”

Macron takes Europe's center stage while Merkel falters

21 November 2017
The Daily Mail
"Macron can only really lead Europe if he is in full cooperation with Germany," said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform. "France needs an engaged, co-operative Germany."

Brexiteers call on May to exploit Merkel crisis

21 November 2017
The Times
The developments in Britain took place as Michel Barnier, the EU Brexit negotiator, backed Ireland’s bid to avoid a hard border. “I know that this point is politically sensitive in the UK, it is not less sensitive in Ireland,” he said at a Centre for European Reform conference in Brussels yesterday.

Keine Angst vor dem Gespenst Minderheitsregierung!

21 November 2017
Die Welt
Seit die FDP die Verhandlungen über Jamaika platzen ließ, geht in Deutschland ein Gespenst um: das Gespenst der Minderheitsregierung.

Barnier warns City of London to scale down Brexit hopes

20 November 2017
Financial Times
Mr Barnier argued there would be a risk to Europe’s financial stability if the continent’s main financial centre was outside the EU’s regulatory orbit. While co-operation would be possible at international level, Mr Barnier said this could never amount to the type of access enjoyed by Britain under the single market. “Let’s not have a short memory!” he said, referring to the financial crisis. “We will not compromise on financial stability — we will never compromise on financial stability — in the EU and in the eurozone.” His assessment came in a speech to the Centre for European Reform that highlighted the hurdles remaining if Britain is to achieve “sufficient progress” in divorce negotiations by a crucial December summit.

London loses EU agencies to Paris and Amsterdam in Brexit relocation

20 November 2017
The Guardian
“Brexit means Brexit,” he said, turning Theresa May’s line back on her. “The same people who argue for setting the UK free also argue that the UK should remain in some EU agencies. But freedom implies responsibility for building new UK administrative capacity,” he told a Brussels conference hosted by the Centre for European Reform.

EU nations will block Brexit deal if Britain ditches Brussels regulations, warns Michel Barnier

20 November 2017
The Times
“The UK has chosen to leave the EU. Does it want to stay close to the European model or does it want to gradually move away from it?” he said at the Centre for European Reform in Brussels.Mr Barnier reminded the British government that any future trade agreement with the EU must be ratified in at least 38 national and regional parliaments, as well as by MEPs, before it can come into force.