Press

'Beware of the Brexit lyin' and the unicorn'

26 November 2018
The Mirror
The Centre for European Reform says lost growth already costs Britain £500million a week.

What happens if Parliament rejects May's Brexit deal?

26 November 2018
Financial Times
“The government is counting on some Labour MPs to save its bacon. There are half a dozen Eurosceptic ones who may well vote in favour of May’s plan. There is also another small group of Labour MPs who are less Eurosceptic but worry about annoying their anti-EU constituents by being seen to try to thwart Brexit. The government hopes that other, pro-EU Labour MPs will be ‘responsible’ and vote to avoid the potential chaos of no deal. But the government seems unlikely to win the backing of more than 10-15 Labour MPs. Even if a number of others abstained, May appears to be heading for defeat on the meaningful vote.” (Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform)

Does Brexit mean Brexit? EU judges could play pivotal role

26 November 2018
Bloomberg
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said that the case “doesn’t really matter very much in the real world.” The EU wouldn’t stand in the way of backing the UK if it ended up deciding to stop Brexit and withdraw its Article 50 notification, he said.

BBC News: Brexit deal push

26 November 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to BBC News (from 12.21) about the likelihood of Theresa May getting the Brexit deal through parliament.

A slowdown in Germany's economy

24 November 2018
The Economist
Germany’s recent boom has been in part the product of good luck, says Christian Odendahl at the Centre for European Reform: strong global demand for its exports, a weak euro and low interest rates.

Letter to the editor: 'Empty' EU army

23 November 2018
The Times
Sir, Gavin Williamson (report, Nov 20) need not worry about a European army, as the term is empty and misleading.

Brexit political accord stokes renewed criticism

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
23 November 2018
The Australian Financial Review
"The political declaration is extremely vague and woolly," said Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, senior fellow at the Centre for European Reform in Brussels.

SWR2: Immer wieder Mayday, Interview mit Christian Odendahl

23 November 2018
Am 25.11. will die EU das Scheidungsabkommen mit dem Vereinigten Königreich beschließen. In einer weiteren Absichtserklärung soll der künftige Weg in den Beziehungen beschrieben werden. In letzter Minute stellt Spanien dem Ganzen aber noch ein Bein, indem es Gibraltar ins Spiel bringt. Aber auch das britische Parlament kann das Verhandlungsergebnis noch zu Fall bringen. Wie die Briten inzwischen zum Brexit stehen, erklärt im Interview Christian Odendahl von der Londoner Denkfabrik Centre for European Reform.

As Theresa May looks to Brussels on Brexit deal, Europe makes its own demands

21 November 2018
The New York Times
There are other concerns, noted Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institution. Some countries known for their pragmatism, like the Dutch, the Swedes and the Baltic countries, are working on legislation to cover important trading issues with Britain in the case of a no-deal Brexit. But the European Commission wants them to refrain from doing so now, to keep pressure on Britain to complete and ratify the withdrawal agreement rather than “work to help the British mitigate with mini-deals in advance of a possible no-deal,” Mr Grant said.

Italy orders seizure of ship that's rescued 30,000 migrants in the Med

21 November 2018
Euronews
Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, pointed out that the Italian judiciary is independent and that the prosecutor's decision should not be seen as an order from the anti-immigration populist government.

NATO's cyber pledge

21 November 2018
E!Sharp
NATO’s primary and most urgent cyber task is the protection its own communications systems and networks. But the alliance also offers training opportunities and tried to make information sharing between allies easier, in order to help capitals to protect their sytems and ‘critical’ networks from attacks.

CER podcast: A guide to the withdrawal agreement

21 November 2018
Beth Oppenheim asks John Springford what is in the 585 page withdrawal agreement, and Charles Grant outlines what might happen next: will Theresa May and her withdrawal plan survive?

Parliament Live: Exiting the European Union Committee

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
21 November 2018
Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska (from 09.43), a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, along with Mats Persson, Professor Franklin Dehousse and Dr Holger Hestermeye gave evidence on the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.

BBC World at One: Is a second referendum likely?

Beth Oppenheim
21 November 2018
Beth Oppenheim, a researcher at the Centre for European Reform, spoke on the World at One about the likelihood of a second referendum.

Direct democracy in the EU: The myth of a citizens' union

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Beth Oppenheim
20 November 2018
CEPS
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska and Beth Oppenheim of the CER contributed a chapter titled 'Does democracy work in the UK?', see page 400, in 'Direct democracy in the EU: The myth of a citizens' union'.

BBC News: Brexit pressure - #BBCAskThis

20 November 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform spoke on the #BBCAskThis programme (at 11:32) answering questions on the withdrawal deal, what a no deal woudl mean for trade agreements and the Irish border.

Yo o el caos: ¿conseguirá Theresa May sobrevivir a su propio 'brexit'?

19 November 2018
El Periodico Internacional
Los oponentes de Theresa May tienen ahora una tarea formidable: convencer al electorado de que después de May no viene el diluvio.

Fog in the Channel: Finally a Brexit Deal! Is this the beginning of the end?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
18 November 2018
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior reserach fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Stefan de Vries about the Polish perspective of Brexit, on the Fog in the Channel podcast.

UK's window into a less globalized economy

17 November 2018
The Wall Street Journal
Researchers at the Centre for European Reform, a London think tank focused on European Union policy, estimate the economy was 2.5% smaller at the end of the second quarter than it would have been had voters chosen in 2016 to stay in the EU.

Brexit deal: Draft withdrawal agreement is just the end of the beginning in Theresa May's saga

17 November 2018
iNews
Alternatively, she doesn’t get her deal through (for an explanation of the different scenarios of what happens then, see the summary by Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform). That will essentially depend on whether MPs who would rather hold on to the deal for fear of something worse are outnumbered by those who hope that by refusing it they can get something better.