Britain’s key politicians for the corporate sector have made powerful speeches in support of business continuity following the government’s success in the latest stage of passing the EU Withdrawal Bill.

In a speech in the City of London, the Chancellor said the UK needed to protect patterns of trade with the EU that had been “built over decades”.

Addressing a City audience on Thursday, Mr Hammond said the “immediate key” to the UK and London’s economic success was “ensuring we get a good Brexit deal”.

Meanwhile, Business Secretary Greg Clark said services must be part of any Brexit deal with the EU and issued a series of demands.

He said UK employees servicing EU customers must be allowed to travel just as frictionlessly as the goods that have dominated the negotiations so far.

To what extent these politicians who supported Remain at the Referendum will have much sway in future deliberations will be keenly watched by finance directors everywhere.