In fewer than seven days, the UK has fallen into a state of political, economic and social pandemonium. The only clear outcome of the referendum on our membership of the EU has been disunity. Disunity within government, between the countries of the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and within families.
This is intended purely as a statement of fact rather than any political viewpoint. The thing that businesses detest most is uncertainty, something we currently have in abundance. No clear vision of the future is yet to emerge and is unlikely to do so until at least the end of this year.
Both main political parties are in disarray: the Conservative party remains in the midst of a leadership contest; the Labour party isn't providing any form of effective opposition; the SNP are baying for blood, and rightly so. A clear indication has yet to emerge regarding the timeline associated with Article 50, or for that matter, whether Article 50 is likely to be triggered and followed through to full conclusion at all.
Therefore, my last week has been spent in dialogue with business leaders to assess their views on the direction of travel and the associated opportunities and threats identified thus far. It is still very much early days; however, several clear themes have emerged: