The Brexit vote of 2016 was a particularly painful blow for Nick Clegg. Proudly pro-Europe, the prominent Liberal politician watched his countrymen reject membership in the EU, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did little to dissuade them. In this concise volume, Clegg strikes a conciliatory tone. While it might have felt cathartic to cast off Brussels and its myriad rules, he argues, Brexit will harm most British financially. Clegg acknowledges that Britain needs tighter immigration controls than it got from the EU, and he refrains from castigating those who voted for Leave. Clegg saves much of his anger for Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and other leaders who, he claims, misled the public about Brexit. Clegg urges his fellow citizens to rethink their stand on Brexit and do what they can to stop Britain’s separation from the EU. Though Clegg writes with passion, his short book received decidedly tepid reviews in London. Moreover, it’s unclear whether voters really want a second shot at Brexit. getAbstract recommends this easy-to-digest overview to readers looking for a distillation of the Remain viewpoint.
About the Author
Nick Clegg was leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015 and deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015. An MP from Sheffield Hallam, he speaks five languages.