March 29 was supposed to be a big day for Brexit. To discuss the next steps in the Brexit process and to debate the future of EU-UK cooperation, Nordic West Office hosted a high-level breakfast event.


The discussion was moderated by Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO of Nordic West Office and attended by a full house of guests. The distinguished panellists, Ambassador Tom Dodd from the British Embassy, former Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen, Juha Jokela from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and Lotta Nymann-Lindegren, Senior Advisor from Miltton Europe debated both the immediate next steps and the longer-term implications.

While there is no certainty about the immediate next steps in the Brexit process, it was agreed that this, in the end, is just about tactics. Both the UK and the EU need one another in the long term and must find a way to work together.

Hanna Ojanen