Brexit is bad, but AI could be good, says the former deputy prime minister, whose new think tank will be intervening on the fraught relationship between tech and politics.

In a basement in Southwark, Nick Clegg is planning his next act. The former deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats lost his seat in the general election in June. After twelve years as an MP, his life is no longer dictated by the urgent demands – ”the furnace,” he calls it – of day-to-day party politics. Which leaves a dilemma: what to do next?

For Clegg, in particular, this is a difficult question. Former prime ministers have a template for life after power: the boards, the speaking engagements, the worthy foundation. Former deputies and party leaders do not – especially not aged 50. But, then, as Clegg notes, “I’ve rarely had in politics a particular model to follow. I’ve always had to, in a sense, break new ground, which I enjoy.”

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