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Why Brexit Matters: British Illusions and the Future of the Transatlantic Community

October 25, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This event, originally scheduled for Sept. 6, is now scheduled for Oct. 25

UNC Global Affairs will host Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ries, one of the State Department’s most noted experts on the formation of the EU and beyond, for a Diplomatic Discussion on why Brexit matters and the future of transatlantic issues. Pizza will be served!


In June 2016, British voters voted narrowly (52-48%) in a referendum to leave the European Union. It was an extraordinary development; it was first time a developed country had withdrawn from a close economic or political association with peers and in the process raising barriers to trade with its closest neighbors.

He will also speculate on how transatlantic political and economic relationships may play out in the decade to come, with the Ukraine war, climate change, and the current trend towards economic regionalism and “friendshoring.” Drawing on his own vast political experience, Ries will provide an interesting discourse on Brexit and its implications.

The Diplomatic Discussions series through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Diplomacy Initiative brings top foreign affairs practitioners from the U.S. and around the world to Carolina to give public talks and classroom discussions on global issues.

A CLE credit is available for this event.


Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Center
301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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