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What’s happening on tax at the G7 leaders’ summit?

11 June 2021
Independent (Ireland)
Zach Meyers, a research fellow with the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said the EU’s moves “are unlikely to work and could even dissuade countries from agreeing to the OECD package”.

CER podcast: Joe Biden's bridge-building European tour

Ian Bond, Rosa Balfour, Andrea Kendall-Taylor
11 June 2021
Ian Bond speaks to Rosa Balfour and Andrea Kendall-Taylor about the prospects for the transatlantic relationship under the Biden administration.

EU tries to loosen Brexit deadlock with colour-coded plan for Swiss-style deal

10 June 2021
The Guardian
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said the obvious solution was a Swiss-style deal for Northern Ireland “even on a temporary basis” to allow the UK government to diverge in the future for the sake of a trade deal with another country, such as the US.

BBC Newsnight: Biden's G7 visit

09 June 2021
Sam Lowe spoke to Ben Chu about Biden's G7 visit and what he is likely to say about the UK-EU impasse over Northern Ireland.

'Up your game!' EU crumbling as majority of Europeans no longer trust bloc – new poll

09 June 2021
The Express
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said France will use its EU presidency in the first half of next year ahead of the French presidential elections to "promote its ideas of Europe".

BBC Radio 4 - PM: Irish Sea border goods checks

08 June 2021
Sam Lowe spoke to Evan Davis about the EU and UK queston of Irish Sea border goods checks, "the British proposal wouldn't remove the issue, it would just reduce it. Whereas the EU's would remove the issue, but at the expense of regulatory flexibility for Great Britain." (From 26mins) 

Tariffs cut on cheese, pork and poultry in UK-Norway trade deal

04 June 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, described the UK-EEA deal as “necessary” and a “good thing” but said its success depended on the baseline of measurement. “If you are comparing it to normal free trade agreements, then it is certainly true that the deal has raised the bar in some areas, for example mutual recognition of professional qualifications,” he said. 

BBC Radio Three Counties: Global tax reform

04 June 2021
As well as a global minimum corporate tax, the G7 is also set to agree a reallocation of the right to tax. Countries like the UK, France and Germany, that have large consumer bases using big tech companies like Amazon, will be able to levy taxes. Zach Meyers spoke to Roberto...

Typical! French officials to use EU presidency to 'help Macron get re-elected'

01 June 2021
The Daily Express
French officials are set to use their EU presidency to help Emmanuel Macron get re-elected as the President of France, according to the director of the Centre for European Reform. Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said France will use its EU presidency in the first half of next year ahead of the French presidential elections to "promote its ideas of Europe".

The Red Box Politics Podcast: Tricks of the trade

01 June 2021
Luke Jones is talking trade with expert Sam Lowe, Centre for European Reform as well as Angus MacNeil MP, Chair of the International Trade Committee and Alexander Downer, Former Australian foreign minister and High Commissioner to the UK.

The EU needs better anti-corruption plans to defend the rule of law in Europe

01 June 2021
Encompass
If all goes according to plan, the EU should start disbursing money from its post-pandemic recovery fund next month.

Brexit shrank UK services exports by £110bn, academics find

31 May 2021
Financial Times
“Behind the scenes the effect [from leaving the EU] is clearly showing up in the data,” said John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, citing his own research and figures from the Office for National Statistics, the London School of Economics and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He said the data showed the UK’s trade with the EU had fallen by a fifth because of Brexit. “Brexit has already made Britain poorer compared to a branch of history in which Britain remained in the EU — or indeed in the single market,” he added.

Britain's trade deals lack transparency

28 May 2021
The Economist
A more justifiable fear for British farmers, suggests Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, is that the deal becomes a model for bigger future ones with Latin America and the United States.

Macron's recipe for fair-trade food

28 May 2021
Politico
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, said that while rules relating to the standards of a final product — for example, on food safety — were "fairly well understood, the more tricky issue is rules around processing and production methods."He said that while EU leaders could have some room for maneuver, these kinds of restrictions are "much more difficult to justify in a WTO-compatible manner" and largely dependent on how well the EU plays its trade cards.

CER podcast: Political repression in Belarus and what the West can do about it

Ian Bond, Katia Glod
28 May 2021
Ian Bond speaks to Katia Glod about the latest wave of repression in Belarus and what the West can do to help.

Aussie farmers are caught in the crossfire of the never-ending Brexit wars

26 May 2021
The Telegraph
As Sam Lowe, an even-handed trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, recently wrote: “An Australian deal probably means the UK is going to offer the same to New Zealand. But beyond that – it is not so clear. Lots of countries will want to retain tariffs to shield their own food producers, and it is unlikely that the UK will offer them full tariff free access in the absence of reciprocity.”

UK borrowing falls in April, to £31.7bn, as Covid-19 costs remain high – business live

25 May 2021
The Guardian
The slump in UK-EU goods trade this year shows the impact of Brexit, says John Springford of the Centre for European Reform: The ONS: trade in goods with the EU down 23% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Euronews: UK government 'divided' over possible trade deal with Australia

24 May 2021
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, an independent think-tank, told Euronews that the debate at the heart of the UK government is about how much access Australia should be offered.

A trade deal with Australia will have little impact, but it raises big questions about the UK's trade policy

24 May 2021
The House
The British government is going to need to work harder if it is to keep enough people onboard with its trade agenda.

UK farmers launch blistering attack on government over Australian trade deal as Johnson insists it's not a threat

22 May 2021
Politics Home
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, said the impact of the proposed trade deal on the British market would be minimal as it was unlikely to lead to a huge increase in meat imports from Australia.
The “bigger question,” he said, was whether it was a sign of how the government would approach trade negotiations with bigger economies like the US and Brazil, which will also want greater access to the UK’s agricultural markets.