The Lord Mayor of the City of London has been in Canberra trying to persuade Australian politicians and business leaders that all will be well back home if and when Britain leaves the European Union.
He was dismissive of the idea that the country will be in chaos after October 31, the day appointed for Britain's abrupt divorce from the EU, either amicably with an agreement on how to get on after or no deal in place.
The mayor, Peter Estlin, described the controversial exit from the EU as a "blip".
It may be tearing British politics apart but more powerful forces were at work.
He thought that the drive to improve information systems and to use more and more powerful computers would come to be seen as more important.
"When we look back, these will be the issues that will count," he said.
But to the inevitable question about how he finds promoting business abroad when the shop back home is in chaos (as many British pundits say it is), he conceded that the Brexit process was "seriously frustrating".
In Britain, newly released documents prepared for the British government warn that medicine could be "particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays".
The government paper also warns that:
- Protests and counter-protests could take place across the UK
- Lorries could have to wait more than two days before crossing the English Channel
- Some businesses could go bankrupt
Mr Estlin conceded that people he had met in Australia did show unease: "What they are saying is, 'Look, if you keep on like this, you will become irrelevant'."
The role of Lord Mayor of the City of London is largely ceremonial. The mayor has an annual parade, which has been going for four centuries.
The office of mayor was instituted in 1189, the first holder of being one Henry Fitz-Ailwin de Londonestone. Mr Estlin is the 691st holder of the position.
But the role today is promote the City of London, the part of London that contains the big financial institutions.
He met Vikram Sharma, the founder and chief executive of Quintessence Labs, which is developing ultra-clever ways of encrypting information.
"We've always seen the UK as a critical market," Mr Sharma said.
In October, he is going there and the Lord Mayor of the City of London said he would help by opening doors for him and his business.
The London visit will be en route from Singapore to the United States as Mr Sharma expands the business globally. It already has have an office in Canberra and London could well be next, he indicated.
Mr Estlin seemed impressed with the technology and the warmth of the welcome at the Canberra company.
He had earlier seen Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Mr Eslin likened the links between Australia and Britain as a footbridge that he wanted to turn into a motorway by expanding the flow of business.
The blip of Brexit was a mere bump in the road, was the drive of his message.