Politician says brew of rightwing EU bashers playing on voter insecurity and cuts fanning populist ideas is pushing Britain to margins

A Brexit elite of hedge-fund managers, footloose multi-billionaires, rightwing politicians and newspaper proprietors have led the UK into diplomatic and economic margins, Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, said on Thursday.

Clegg who lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in the general election, also suggested for the first time that neglect of public services, including social housing, had made Britons more susceptible to the appeal of populism than other Europeans. This went for Americans too.

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