Looking back over the past 12 months it’s been a turbulent year to say the least. Across the Atlantic we saw US president Donald Trump ramp up his global trade war against China, the EU and just about anyone else he felt was undermining America’s position as the world’s dominant economy.

Closer to home, the Brexit saga trundled on week after week throughout 2019. The paralysis in the House of Commons was finally broken after Boris Johnson secured a commanding victory in the UK general election in December. The UK now looks set to leave the EU by the end of January 2020.