Brexit the topic of Sister Cities event

Brexit the topic of Sister Cities event

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Sister Cities Association's annual meeting scheduled for March 23 will focus on why people voted to leave the European Union, and what the future implications are for relations within and outside the region.

Voters in the district, including Wilmington's sister city, Doncaster, voted two to one to leave the EU.

The City Council chambers at Wilmington City Hall will host the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. Featured speakers include Jim McLaughlin, Andrew Terrell, and Dr. Paul Townend.

McLaughlin is a speaker on business topics in a variety of forums and has delivered more than 300 programs internationally for private and public sector organizations.

Terrell was recently appointed Consul for Government and Prosperity and will head up the United Kingdom's new trade office in downtown Raleigh.

Townend is the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UNC Wilmington. His most recent research has focused on Ireland's place in the Atlantic World and the British Empire, especially the history of Irish anti-imperialism.

Kerry Toone, a Wilmington Sister Cities Association board member and native of Great Britain, will be the moderator of the panel and will take questions from the audience.

The program is free to the general public and light refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 8:30. Reservations are required via email at

For more information, visit the Sister Cities Association of Wilmington's website here:

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