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If parliament rejects, what next?

16 November 2018
The Financial Times
If parliament rejects the Brexit deal agreed between the UK and the EU, think-tank the Centre for European Reform has some ideas about what could come next. A CER report outlines five possible options: no deal, renegotiation of a different deal, a general election, a second Brexit referendum, or MPs finally accepting the deal.

Can Britain still slam the brakes on Brexit?

16 November 2018
Channel 4 News
When you look at all the options (summarised here by Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform… there’s also some gaming of the scenarios here by Stefanie Bolzen and Philip Crowley) you could see how options once thought impossible could look plausible given the blocked-off paths everywhere else.

As Brexit options dwindle, new momentum for a 2nd referendum

16 November 2018
The New York Times
“Last summer, the chances of this outcome seemed minimal,” wrote Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based research institute, in a briefing paper. But the odds have improved, he said, because the opposition Labour Party is now more positive about that notion if it cannot achieve its favored outcome, which is a general election.

EU battlegroups: The European 'army' that politicians can't agree how to use

16 November 2018
ABC News
The closest the EUBG has come to being used was five years ago, when "the UK blocked it from supporting French operations in the Central African Republic, fearful of the potential effect on Britain's EU membership debate", according to the Centre for European Reform.

RTÉ Radio 1: What happens next in the Brexit process?

15 November 2018
Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform in London and Brigid Laffan from the European Institute at Florence University discuss the latest on Brexit.

Theresa May enters Brexit endgame from position of strength

14 November 2018
The Financial Times
The Irish-only backstop has not so much disappeared as been folded into the all-UK one. As trade expert Sam Lowe said in a tweet: “[Northern Ireland]-specific ultimate insurance policy will live; will just be a question of how many law degrees you need to find it.”

Theresa May must come clean: Her Brexit deal is a dog's breakfast (but is still the best thing on a desultory menu)

14 November 2018
The Telegraph
As John Springford at the Centre for European Reform has written, the choice is very clear: remain in an all-UK customs union, or leave and accept the need for a customs border in the Irish Sea that leaves Northern Ireland in a different relationship to the EU.

Parliament Live: Exiting the European Union Committee

14 November 2018
Camino Mortera-Martinez (from 10.43), a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform along with Sir Rob Wainwright gave evidence on progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.

Sky News: Cabinet will meet today to consider draft agreement text reached with EU

14 November 2018
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Sky News at 07.30 this morning about the chances of Theresa May getting full support for the draft agreement.

Bloomberg podcast: Springford: Brexit backstop likely to be invoked

14 November 2018
The Brexit divorce deal looks to have been largely set by the European Union, says John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London. He spoke to Daybreak Europe’s Anna Edwards and Matt Miller, saying the backstop on the Irish border is likely to be invoked to keep frictionless trade.

Europa, un continente nostálgico tendente al populismo, según revela estudio

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
13 November 2018
La Vanguardia
En esta misma línea, Agata Gostynska, investigadora asociada del Centro para Reforma Europea, señala que es "cuestión de percepciones" y que, actualmente, es "más efectivo apelar a los miedos de la gente", como sucede con el sentimiento antiinmigración.

Europa, un continente nostálgico tendente al populismo, según revela un estudio

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
13 November 2018
El Diario
En esta misma línea, Agata Gostynska, investigadora asociada del Centro para Reforma Europea, señala que es "cuestión de percepciones" y que, actualmente, es "más efectivo apelar a los miedos de la gente", como sucede con el sentimiento antiinmigración.

As the situation in Gaza worsens, it's time for the EU to step in – Trump has proven the US can't help any more

Beth Oppenheim
13 November 2018
The Independent
The EU has leverage over both the Palestinian territories and Israel, and could use it to great effect.

Brexit is happening. The EU has bigger things to worry about

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
13 November 2018
Bloomberg
“It’s likely we will see populists use the EU as a scapegoat for all the misgivings they have about politics domestically, just as we saw in the UK’s EU referendum,” says Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a Brussels-based research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a pro-EU policy group. “The whole election campaign will be about what the European project is about, what European values mean now.”

Brussels seeks permanent post-Brexit customs union

13 November 2018
Politico
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank, said the constraints of an UK-EU customs union were substantial. “Whilst in a customs union with the EU, the UK will be required to fully align its external tariff with that of the EU’s, meaning it cannot lower or remove tariffs either unilaterally or as part of a new free trade agreement.”

Is Donald Trump right? US military should be permanently stationed in Eastern Europe to protect NATO from Russia, allies argue

13 November 2018
Newsweek
“If you look in the cyber arena, laying aside the disinformation operations, if you look at the traditional cyber attacks that we worry about, the attacks on our national critical infrastructure and so on, a lot of the tools you would need to deal with some of these things are not NATO tools, they are the kinds of tools the EU has or is developing, to deal with the resilience of electrical grids that stretch across Europe and so on,” said Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform.

We think the EU will be hit by Brexit — but we don't get it

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Sam Lowe
13 November 2018
The Evening Standard
So what could the political declaration look like? Well, according to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, chief negotiator Michel Barnier says that it could include “points of convergence” such as foreign policy, military cooperation, and UK participation in research programmes after 2020. But there will be no clarity on the future UK/EU economic partnership. 

Splits threaten No 10 Brexit hopes

12 November 2018
The Times
Writing in The Times Red Box today Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, warns that Britain will face huge challenges if it has to use the backstop. He says there will be export checks and delays at the border.

Whether transition extension or backstop, Britain needs to embrace the consequences

12 November 2018
The Times
If reports are correct, the landing zone for Northern Ireland and the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is in sight.

May's reckoning with the Tory right over Brexit is fast approaching

12 November 2018
The Guardian
Over the years, different Conservative leaders have tended to use similar tactics to deal with the rightwing anti-EU minority in the party.