Negotiations have been a disaster but MPs can save the day, says Nick Clegg.

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…

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