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FROM:- https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nick-clegg-interview-the-brexit-transition-period-is-an-undignified-act-of-humiliation-hc9m9c6jv

 

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Nick Clegg interview: ‘The Brexit transition period is an undignified act of humiliation’
Negotiations have been a disaster but MPs can save the day, says Nick Clegg

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Since 2015 Sir Nick Clegg has lost his job and nursed his son through blood cancer. Now he is more upbeat, playing the drums and trying to stop Brexit
Times photographer RICHARD POHLE

Sir Nick Clegg is remarkably optimistic for somebody who has just been through three years of hell. Having lost his job as deputy prime minister and watched the Liberal Democrats being crushed at the 2015 election, he saw his European ideals rejected by the voters in the Brexit referendum, then suffered the humiliation of being booted out of parliament last year.

Far more gruelling than any of these political defeats, he has also nursed his son Antonio through lymphoma (blood cancer), administering a brutal daily combination of pills and injections that he compares to “napalming” the body. “Antonio blotted everything else out,” he says. “I stood again [at the snap election in June] with quite a heavy heart, I was focused on him . . . If it had happened when I was still in government, I think I would have had to stop. I don’t think you could go through it with that kind of job. He looked like a ghoul, all his hair gone, puffy and green.” Now his 16-year-old son is “back to normal”, 6ft 4in and preparing for his GCSEs. “We are only having checks every six months and statistically it gets better and better. All the clichés apart, it makes you focus on the important things.”
Although the past few years have been traumatic, the former Liberal Democrat leader says: “I feel very energetic and cheerful.” He has taken up drumming but his wife, Miriam, vetoed a tattoo. “That aspiration will never be acted on,” he says.

We meet him in Somerset House, where he now has an office doing “think tanky stuff” about drug reform and Europe. It is clear that he is still immersed in the politics of Brexit, travelling around EU capitals to meet heads of state and keeping in regular touch with other elder statesmen including Sir John Major, Tony Blair, and Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon. This week he travelled to Dublin with Lord Adonis and Lord Heseltine, and he speaks constantly to pro-European Labour and Conservative MPs. “Brexit in the Clegg household, as you can imagine, was a very personal issue. My mum is an 82-year-old Dutch lady who spent her formative years in a Japanese war camp and then couldn’t vote in the referendum having spent half a century here, been a teacher and had four children. My dad is half-Russian and of course Miriam is Spanish, so Brexit for us wasn’t about customs unions but identity.”

His children have both Spanish and UK passports. “It is very Anglo-Saxon to think of the European Union as being about whether butter is cheaper or more expensive. It started as peace over war, democracy after fascism, in eastern Europe freedom after communism. We in Britain see it differently . . . particularly for the old it’s as though membership was constantly whispering to them that Britain wasn’t as great anymore.”

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have compounded the misery, he says. “They are two very uninspiring, unimaginative leaders who are competing for alternative versions of the past. He wants socialism, she wants Thatcherism, neither want anything new.” He knew Mrs May well when they sat around the cabinet table during the coalition years. “She’s not a bad person but she’s not someone who can see the wood for the trees. They have both been taken hostage. Momentum and the Tory right have invented these creatures and they kneecap anyone who threatens them. You are getting these frankly cartoonish characters on either side who are suddenly elevated and can start throwing fish in the Thames or become obsessed by minutiae like Jeremy Corbyn’s hat, all this awful, pompous hysteria about nothing.” He is convinced it can’t last. “It is the triumph of mediocrity, of course it will give way. There will be some kind of realignment. I think it is inevitable . . . British liberalism should get off its knees.”

With 12 months to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, Sir Nick is still not reconciled to Brexit. “I want to stop it — yes, absolutely. The transition period is just a euphemism for delay. I think it is the most undignified act of humiliation that I can remember in my lifetime. It means the UK is willingly now saying we will do all the hard bits of the negotiation after we have forfeited any means of leverage. One of President Macron’s advisers said to me, ‘Do they realise how weak they will be?’ No self-respecting French politician would put their country in that situation.”


The political class is in his view driven by “narcissisms and self-absorption” rather than the national interest. “Theresa May couldn’t face down her party and say she was going to do what was right for her country. After the referendum . . . some quite senior [EU] officials attempted to work up ways of giving Britain an emergency brake on free movement . . . They were gobsmacked when No 10 closed the door.”

The way to stop Brexit is for MPs to vote down the final deal, he says. “One of the reasons I have been going around European capitals is to privately give them a message they are not getting from the government that there is a chance — 20 to 25 per cent and rising — that MPs withhold their consent and at that time the most important ingredient the UK would need would be time.” There should in his view be another referendum on the terms of departure. “You can’t countermand a vote by the British people without another vote by the British people,” he says.


“It’s amazing how MPs now talk about public opinion like you or I would talk about the weather — ‘might perk up on Sunday’ — but they’re not just there to reflect opinion, they’re also there to try to shape it and lead it. If you think in your hearts, as the vast majority of MPs do, that this really is not right for your constituents, and crucially if you have the evidence as they will by the end of the year that the Brexiteers haven’t delivered on a single one of their promises, you should act on that.”

He still minds that he was never forgiven for doing a U-turn on free tuition fees. “I got crucified for failing to deliver in one policy area, they [Brexiteers] have literally abandoned every single one of their promises — lower prescription charges, smaller class sizes, complete control over fisheries, complete control of our borders, £350 million for the NHS. At that point I think it is perfectly OK for MPs to say, ‘Hang on a minute, I’m sorry but this is not what you said would happen’.”
The EU would allow the UK to delay its departure by extending the Article 50 process, he says. “I’m totally satisfied now that I’ve spoken to most of the governments across the EU that, with some grumbling, the centre of gravity remains — ‘if there’s a chance of you guys rethinking this, we will do what it takes’. I’ve spoken to Macron about it and I definitely think he would, Angela Merkel too . . . I think most grown-ups across the EU know that a EU with Britain in it is much stronger.”

The re-election of President Putin makes it even more important for Europe to stick together, he says. “I remember saying to Theresa May and David Cameron after the killing of the spy Alexander Litvinenko, ‘I don’t think we’re being nearly tough enough on Russia.’ I don’t think we’re being tough enough now. We’ve been far too complacent about the Russians and their creeping wish to destabilise and immobilise European politics.”


There is a “very strong case” for the England team to boycott the World Cup. He finds it strange that Nigel Farage has praised Mr Putin and Mr Corbyn has refused to blame the Russian state for the Salisbury attack. “There’s always been on the extreme left and the extreme right this odd seductive appeal about what’s going on in the Kremlin.” He says it is time for a new party in the middle ground. “It might well happen. There are endless idle conversations with lots of folk. Vince [Cable, Lib Dem leader] has been quite brave, saying there might be [a new party] and we want the Lib Dems to be part of this.”

Centrist Tories and Labour moderates would also be involved. “You need a political entity in British politics which clearly can defeat these hysterical populisms on the right and left and capture the excitement, optimism and imagination of looking forward rather than constantly asking how you go back.” He doesn’t know who would lead it, but it probably wouldn’t be him. “If you have been spat out as I was from government in 2015, then lost a seat, I don’t think you can say nothing’s changed I can dive back in. Equally at the age of 51 it would be implausible for me to say never but I certainly don’t have any plans to at the moment.”

He believes it can happen only when disaffected Labour MPs leave their party. “They need to get their skates on and get out. They have this mawkish, quite sentimental attitude towards being a Labour man or woman. I’m a Lib Dem but it’s not the be all and end all, I don’t treat my Lib Dem membership card as a ticket to a sect. They need to make a proper break. It mustn’t just become another way of continuing this internecine spat within the Labour party. What I keep saying to them is, your acid test should be, ‘Will a new entity appeal to One Nation Conservatives?’ If it doesn’t, it won’t work. It’s got to appeal across the political spectrum.”

This is now a culture war, he insists, not just about Brexit. “You are seeing a wider clash of future and past, faith in technology and suspicion of it, openness to immigration and suspicion of it. That’s why it’s generational. You don’t win a culture war prettily, you’ve got to fight it. This is going to be turbulent. I think the young will win the day, they have to . . . All the kindling is lying around, it just needs a spark to light it.

 

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Nicholas William Peter Clegg
Curriculum vitae
Born January 7, 1967


Education Westminster School; Robinson College, Cambridge; University of Minnesota; College of Europe, Bruges
Career Worked for the European Commission before becoming a Liberal Democrat MEP in 1999. He was elected MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005 and the party leader in 2007. Served as deputy prime minister in the coalition of 2010-15 but stood down as Lib Dem leader after the party was reduced to eight MPs. He lost his own seat at the general election last year and was knighted in the new year’s honours list.


Family Married to Miriam González, a lawyer, and they have three sons


Other - He speaks French, Dutch, German and Spanish. He is the author of Politics: Between the Extremes; and How to Stop Brexit

 

FROM:- https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nick-clegg-interview-the-brexit-transition-period-is-an-undignified-act-of-humiliation-hc9m9c6jv

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