“Let's imagine Europe is a football club and you join, but once you're in it you can't say let's play rugby"

Business quote of the day.

“Let's imagine Europe is a football club and you join, but once you're in it you can't say let's play rugby"

The French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says France will welcome any businesses that leave the UK if  the country exits the European Union. Fabius says France will “roll out the red carpet” to attract businesss leaving the UK.

France will “roll out the red carpet” to attract businesss leaving the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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The New Statesman Cover: The revenge of the left

A first look at this week's magazine.

22 - 28 September issue
The revenge of the left