Neil Kochenour

Neil Kochenour,


Monday, March 29, 2021,

2:30-4:00 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar

plus Discussion*

The fourth in this year’s series of “Great Discussions” programs sponsored and supported by the Foreign Policy Association will focus on Brexit.  After a short film produced by the FPA, Villager Neil Kochenour will lead a Zoom discussion in which all audience members will be invited to participate.    

On December 30, 2020 the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) signed a trade agreement that completed the exodus of the UK from the EU. The UK had  joined the European Economic Council (EEC), which was the forerunner of the EU, in 1973. The relationship between the EU and the UK was somewhat rocky from the beginning. 

Brexit flag credit: Financial Express

Many in the UK wished to maintain a significant degree of sovereignty while taking advantage of the size of the European Market. On the European side, however, the primary interest of most citizens was creating increasing interdependence to decrease chances of wars such as those that had ravaged the Continent for centuries. 

The financial crisis of 2009 and the migrant crisis of 2015 fed the Eurosceptics on the fringes of British politics. This reached a climax in 2016 when, in a referendum, the British citizens voted by a narrow margin to leave the EU. Thus began a tortuous three year process of negotiating a plan for “Brexit.” The ramifications of this departure are significant for both the EU and the UK. We will discuss some of the issues involved and the potential consequences of this action. 

Neil Kochenour, MD, spent much of his working life in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. The last 12 years of his career he was Medical Director of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. He moved to Academy Village in 2007. 

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