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Published: 24 June 2016

Is it safe to come out yet?

Too late - I’m out of my cave, I’ve stopped hoping that the EU referendum will have gone away and things will be back to normal. After this morning, that’s going to take a little while yet.

And it’ll take longer unless there is universal commitment to get the best from this. You might like the result or not, but it’s the result. Now what?

This is where the difference between politics and business is going to be most transparent. In politics, the danger is that the same old whinging will go on about whether all our opportunities/troubles are caused by this vote. The past has told us - political ability to make a collective decision and stick to it is next to hopeless.

But in business, the immediate reaction to change and adversity is – what does that buy me? What can I do with that? Given a situation the talking stops, the action starts. And it starts with one core objective – to make the most from it.

So that’s where government needs to be right now, backing business by charging hard and fast to create certainty. We shouldn’t be in the game if we can’t play with the cards that are dealt, so let’s play to win.

For more of our thoughts around Brexit read here.

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