British Ambassador Kate Smith at ACT
On November 15, 2018, British Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, HE Ms Kate Smith CMG addressed the students of ACT, IB Diploma Program, and faculty of Anatolia College on the topic “UK and Europe: The British Perspective”. The well-attended event was organized in the Bissell Library by the English department – Division of Humanities and Social Sciences of ACT – the American College of Thessaloniki, on the occasion of the British Ambassador’s participation in the Thessaloniki Summit 2018.
From left: Christos Psaltis, Political Officer, British Embassy to the Hellenic Republic, Eleni Godi, ACT English Coordinator, British Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, HE Ms Kate Smith CMG,
Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, ACT Provost
In light of the UK’s exit from Europe, Ambassador Smith described the new positioning of Britain in the European and international environment, emphasizing on the need for the country to build new strong economic relationships with the EU and the rest of the world, and to establish a new leading role in international foreign and defense policy issues. The Ambassador referred to the immigration issue that played a key role in the June 2016 Brexit referendum and to the different approaches to it among British society.
The Ambassador speech took place one day after Britain’s PM Theresa May announced the draft text of the withdrawal agreement and coincided with the resignation of government members, thus offering the opportunity for an even more spirited discussion with the students.