One of the things the pandemic has not stopped in its tracks is the flow of money into Britain. Since the beginning of the year, the number of takeovers for British companies has hit a 14-year high with a value of $198 billion (£142billion), three times more than the same time last year.

According to Refinitiv, owner of the London Stock Exchange, some 68 per cent of all those takeovers of either publicly listed or private companies are by foreign predators. And of the total, 42 per cent of those overseas firms were American.