Nya Utrikespolitiska Samfundet – The New Foreign Policy Society (NUPS) and the Finnish-British Trade Association (FBTA) have the pleasure to invite their members to a lecture and a debate about the consequences of Brexit.

Time: Tuesday December 3, 3 PM to 5 PM
Venue: WTC Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 17

Our guest speaker is Alistair Sutton
Mr Sutton has spent 46 years in Brussels, first inside the EU Commission and for 30 years as a practising EU lawyer. He has promised to speak around two themes: 1) the political/legal/constitutional situation in the UK, and 2) After Brexit: The scope and content of the future agreement between the EU and the UK.

He also wishes to convey his views on the illusion of the UK regaining its former role in the world by leaving the EU, and he has therefore chosen Brexit – making Britain great again (and the UK more united)?
as his headline.

The first comment after his opening speech will be made by
Nicola Lindertz Director, Unit for Central, Western and Southern Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Participants are invited to ask questions and share their views.

Complimentary coffee/tea will be served.
Please sign up for the event no later than Thursday 28 November. Seats are limited.
More information about the event: jenni.isola ( a) chamber.fi

The Finnish-British Trade Association and The New Foreign Policy Society


Alastair Sutton
After school in Bristol and legal education in Aberdeen and London, I taught international, European and UK constitutional law at University College London from 1967-73. I was one of the first UK officials to join the European Commission in 1973 and was a trade negotiator (GATT Multifibres Arrangement and Tokyo Round) from 1973-1979. I was then a diplomat in the Commission Delegation in Tokyo (1979-84), dealing with EC-Japan relations. From 1985-1989 I was the legal advisor to the Vice President of the Commission (Lord Cockfield) and participated in the launch of the Single Market project. In 1989 I was Head of the Commission’s insurance department under Vice President Sir Leon Brittan. Since 1989, I have practised European law in Brussels in my own firm (Forrester, Norall and Sutton), as a partner in the global firm of White and Case and, for the last 9 years an independent English barrister in Brick Court Chambers.

Nicola Lindertz
Ms. Nicola Lindertz is a diplomat from Finland with experience from three continents. Currently she serves as Director for the Unit for Central, Western and Southern Europe at the Department for Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, with responsibility for Finland’s bilateral relations with 21 countries in Europe. Prior to that, she was Diplomatic Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland. During her career, Nicola has been posted at Finnish missions in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris, and has worked in Helsinki with public diplomacy and EU policy.
Nicola Lindertz holds Master’s degrees from the University of Helsinki, from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as a diploma from Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) in France. Nicola speaks Swedish, Finnish, English, French, Spanish, German and some Japanese.