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Available Expert - Great Britain votes to leave European Union

Friday, June 24, 2016

Queen's University history professor Geoffrey Smith is available to comment on the results of last night's referendum in the United Kingdom, which saw voters choose to leave the European Union by a margin of 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent. Already, global markets have seen dramatic declines and Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intent to resign. The referendum campaign had seen tense and emotionally-charged arguments on both sides, with economic, immigration and trade issues at the forefront. 

"The results of the EU Referendum are disappointing but not surprising," says Dr. Smith. "This appears to be part of the nationalist wave sweeping so many countries and, dare I offer, part of the same nationalist, exclusivist wave that has tossed Mr. Donald Trump up on American political shores."

Dr. Smith is a retired professor, cross-appointed to the Queen’s University Department of History and the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. He taught Conspiracy and Dissent in American History for more than 30 years at Queen's and courses in social and cultural history. He has spoken at length in the media about such issues as the IOC and the Rio Olympics, Donald Trump and violence in American Politics and political discourse.

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