Single market, competition & trade

CER podcast: Is Macron becoming isolated in Europe?

20 June 2018
Sophia Besch asks Charles Grant about Macron's progress on his reform agenda so far.

Single market in goods will come at a price for Brexit Britain

20 June 2018
Financial Times
Many of the recent arguments over Brexit have concerned customs arrangements. But another thorny issue is creating discord both inside the British government and between the UK and the EU: should the UK remain in the single market for goods trade?

CER Bulletin podcast: Transatlantic relationship; Brexit and financial services; UK-EU defence negotiations

14 June 2018
CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month. 

Merkel, Macron and the euro

John Springford, Pepijn Bergsen, Guntram B. Wolff
07 June 2018
In an email forum, three experts chime in on the German chancellor’s proposal for the eurozone.

The first Swiss lesson for Brexit Britain: Negotiations never end

Sam Lowe
30 May 2018
Like Switzerland we will always be arguing over something or other with the superpower on our doorstep.

Theresa May's Cabinet customs row is irrelevant, it's the Brexit backstop that really matters

Sam Lowe
17 May 2018
Business Insider
Theresa May and her Cabinet are currently embroiled in a heated and public debate over potential post-Brexit customs arrangements.

The battle over Europe's budget

Beth Oppenheim
10 May 2018
Negotiations on the “Multiannual Financial Framework” are getting underway, but how to make up the Brexit-shaped shortfall?

Post-Brexit hygiene checks will leave British fishermen all at sea

Sam Lowe
23 April 2018
The Times
On the March 19th the UK and EU agreed, in principle, on a post-Brexit transition period. While this was welcomed by the vast majority of British business, one group felt they had been sold down the river: fishermen.

CER Bulletin podcast: EU reform; Brexit and foreign policy; Europe and cyber security

Sophia Besch, Ian Bond, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Camino Mortera-Martinez
11 April 2018
In the CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month. 

Theresa's Irish trilemma

11 April 2018
Bright Blue
Theresa May must soon deal with an invidious trilemma. She can only choose two of three options: leaving the single market and customs union, maintaining a border-free Ireland, and pursuing a whole-UK approach to Brexit.

The UK and Europe: Brexit, rules of origin and barriers to trade

Sam Lowe
09 April 2018
Where is the phone in your hand actually from? Designed in California, assembled in China, it says. But what about the components: the battery, the screen, the processor?

Why Britain's vision for post-Brexit trade deals is probably an illusion

Sam Lowe
05 April 2018
Business Insider
Is the United Kingdom actually a global bastion of free trade and liberalism? The honest answer is that we just don’t know yet.

CER podcast: Brexit negotiations: Will the unity of the 27 crack?

Sophia Besch, Beth Oppenheim, Sam Lowe
28 March 2018
Sophia Besch speaks to Beth Oppenheim and Sam Lowe about what to expect during the second part of Brexit negotiations – will the future relationship talks bring out different political and economic interests among the EU-27?

Channel 4 News: What are the prospects for UK trade after Brexit?

Sam Lowe
28 March 2018
A year tomorrow Britain formally leaves the European Union, Sam Lowe of the CER joined Gary Gibon to disuss the deals the UK could do with countries across the world and what will they want from us in return.

Brexit financial services deal will be difficult

Mark Boleat
28 March 2018
The industry has accepted that so-called “passporting” rights will not be possible after Britain leaves the EU. The concept of “equivalence” has been mooted as a solution but even agreeing to that will be difficult.

Ireland's border is a problem it can't afford to leave unsolved

20 March 2018
The Guardian
The border issue could still wreck Brexit talks. But no-deal would damage Ireland almost as much as it would Britain.

Sorry Britain, EU countries won't break ranks over post-Brexit trade

Sam Lowe, John Springford
16 March 2018
Theresa May has finally spelled out some of the “hard facts” of Brexit, but she’s still holding out hope for that seemingly impossible sweetheart deal: market access as close as possible to the UK’s current arrangement, but with fewer obligations.

Trump is no ally on trade for post-Brexit Britain

09 March 2018
If there were any faint hopes that the deep cultural and commercial ties between the UK and the US would secure a sweetheart free trade deal for the smaller UK after it leaves the European Union, they are now surely dashed.

BBC Radio 5 live - Drive: Trump and steel tariffs

Sam Lowe
09 March 2018
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Radio 5 live on the new tariffs President Trump has imposed on steel and aluminium to the US (from 14:15 mins).

Jersey holds the key to unlock Brexit dilemma

Sam Lowe
08 March 2018
Could the Channel Islands hold the key to unlock the Brexit puzzle? Trade expert Sam Lowe of the CER told EURACTIV that Jersey’s ‘strange relationship’ with the EU could be an acceptable ‘halfway house’.