The View from Fantasy Mountain

On Wednesday, I climbed the Fantasy Mountain that is Davos, to take part in a BBC debate on the Politics of Fear, Brexit, Trump and the wider lessons.

I was only in Davos for 12 hours, but I wanted to represent for Britain a positive and global vision of Brexit in the debate, and debunk some of the nonsense and myth clouding it.

I was struck by how (quietly) sympathetic many of the business people were, and how welcome many found it to have, in the UK, a voice speaking up for global free trade – especially given some of the views of the new President in the Whitehouse. In particular, I made the point that Britain wanted to stay firm friends with our European partners, but embrace a broader global horizon. You can watch the edited version of the debate here.