Dialogue with Mr Roland Rudd on "The Road to Brexit: Why does it matter to Asia?"


Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017 and the United Kingdom will leave the EU by March 2019. What does the future hold for the UK and why should Asia be interested? The economic consequences for the UK have been discussed extensively but the decision has consequences for the UK’s soft power, its international relations, its attractiveness to foreign investment and the investment and business climate across Europe. It may also lead to Scotland’s exit from the UK. Is Brexit part of a global trend towards populism and economic nationalism or simply an example of a nation ‘taking back control’?


Mr Roland RUDD is Chairman of Open Britain, a cross-party group campaigning for the best deal with Europe after the vote to leave. Mr Rudd is the founder and Chairman of the global strategic communications firm Finsbury. He is a lifelong pro-European, previously serving as Chairman of Business for New Europe and more recently as Treasurer of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. Before founding Finsbury, Mr Rudd was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times. At Oxford University, Mr Rudd served as President of the Union. He is now a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and an Honorary Fellow at its Regent’s Park College.


Professor Tommy KOH is Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law, and Rector of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the Co-Chairman of the China-Singapore Forum, the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue, and the Japan-Singapore Symposium. Professor Koh was Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York for 13 years and served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Professor Koh was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea, and he chaired the Preparatory Committee as well as the Main Committee at the Earth Summit. He also served as Ambassador to the United States of America for six years and was Singapore’s Chief Negotiator for the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He chaired two dispute panels for the World Trade Organization and also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law at NUS.


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017
2.00 pm – 3.15 pm