Why Boris Johnson is still best for business

It was 4am in New York a year ago when the news came in: the Supreme Court had ruled against the suspension of parliament. In the circumstances, necessitating a change of plans with an early return to London, many expected that the speech to business leaders arranged for a few hours later would be cancelled. Our prime minister, however, was characteristically determined not to pass up the opportunity to talk on a subject that in my experience he is more passionate about than any other UK politician.

Standing in front of Thomas Heatherwick’s sculpture amid the “supertalls” of Hudson Yards in Manhattan he delivered an uplifting message of opportunity and support for British enterprise that attracted rave reviews from Californian tech entrepeneurs to hard-bitten Wall

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