The incoming UK prime minister faces a gargantuan task. Not since the second world war have times been as turbulent, or the responsibility for national and economic security as serious.
At the heart of the challenge lies Brexit. It is a political decision with far-reaching economic consequences, and we in business have played a vital role in informing people and politicians about what might happen to jobs and living standards as a result.
But there’s now a twist in the Brexit tale that makes the corporate voice more important than ever. Both of the top contenders to head the Tory party and the country — Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt — have pledged to take Britain out of the EU by the end of October, without a deal if need be. In Europe, where I spent much of last week, leaders are becoming resigned to this outcome.
Fatalism is setting in. This whole process is exhaustin