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Brexit, a US-UK Free Trade Deal, and the Implications for International Trade, the Future of Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance

October 30th,2019 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Jefferson Educational Society
Professor / Instructor / Speaker: Nile GardinerPh.D.

Due to unforseen circumstances, Kelly Ann Shaw will no longer be attending the Global Summit this year. In her place, Dr. Nile Gardiner of The Heritage Foundation will be here to discuss US-UK trade Relations and Brexit. Event description is below. All tickets previously purchased for the event featuring Shaw will be honored at the Gardiner event. Refunds will be issued to any ticket holder seeking them

The United Kingdom, the world's fifth largest economy, is due to leave the European Union shortly, following the historic 2016 referendum on EU membership. 

The UK's impending departure from the European Union is a major global event that will have huge implications for international trade, the future of Europe and the transatlantic alliance. 

Dr. Nile Gardiner, a former aide to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, will outline the impact of Brexit as well as a likely US-UK free trade deal that is presently supported by both the US and British governments. 

He has testified before Congress on several occasions, and has advised the Executive Branch of the United States Government on Brexit. He worked closely with Margaret Thatcher on her final book Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World, published in 2002, which argued that Britain should consider leaving the EU.  

Dr. Gardiner will make the case that Brexit will advance the cause of free trade on the world stage, will promote economic liberty, and bring significant economic benefits to the United States, the United Kingdom and to Europe.

Nile GardinerPh.D.

Nile Gardiner is Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, and a leading authority on Brexit. Before joining Heritage, Dr. Gardiner served as a foreign policy aide to Lady Thatcher in her private office in London, assisting her with her final book, Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World and advising her on a number of international issues. His work for Lady Thatcher helped shape her foreign policy vision, including her powerful call in Statecraft for Great Britain to consider leaving the European Union, which laid the foundations for Brexit over a decade later.


Dr. Gardiner is a prominent expert on US-British relations, US foreign policy, and the transatlantic alliance, and received his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Yale University, and B.A. and M.A. in Modern History from Oxford University. He has served as a foreign policy adviser to three US presidential candidates: Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mitt Romney and Mayor Rudy Giuliani.


Dr. Gardiner has testified several times before Congress on foreign policy issues. Most recently he testified before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs Europe Subcommittee on the Brexit negotiations as well as the prospects for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement.


Nile Gardiner frequently provides analysis of global events for US and international television networks including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC, Sky News and the BBC. He is a regular contributor to The London Daily Telegraph, and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The London Sunday Times, The London Daily Mail, USA Today, The New York Times Room for Debate, The Washington Times and The Boston Globe.