It should come as no surprise that the German equivalent of the CBI, the BDI, is suggesting there needs to be closer liaison between British companies and German companies post Brexit.

Lets hope the BDI go further and put pressure on the German government as part of the forthcoming elections as the practical issues should not be underestimated and action needs taking now.

A solution of movement of workers and trade barriers are obvious priorities but longer term relationships should be put in place too. This involves building deeper relationships via cities, industrial hubs and universities with both countries benefiting from a collaborative partnership.

Every region of the UK and Germany should be putting in place programmes now to attract investment research and establish strong links in all sectors of society, so come 2020 commercial and social lives continue without suspicious divides on both sides.