The special relationship between London and Washington is as strong now as it has ever been, Nigel Evans, a deputy speaker of Britain’s House of Commons tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
Whether it’s Labor or Conservatives in power in Westminster or a Republican or a Democrat in the White House, the bonds between the two countries will always remain, Evans predicted.
“It’s very difficult to put it into words. The special relationship is something that almost exists without having to define it and the bonds between the United States of America and the United Kingdom have always been strong,” said Evans who was speaking on a visit to Florida.
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“Huge numbers of British people take holidays in (the U.S.), the trade between America and the United Kingdom has always been immense.
“As we have been fighting side by side in Iraq and Afghanistan and other parts of the world over the years has shown the common bonds that are so strong between the United States and the United Kingdom.
“I’m proud, I’m delighted,” he added. “The bonds are there, they are very strong. It’s difficult to say why they are so strong, but they are as strong now as they have ever been.”
Evans, a member of David Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party, was elected one of three deputy speakers in 2010. For the two-to-three hours a day he chairs the House he has to maintain a strictly non-partisan role. But outside that, Evans can get involved in the rough and tumble of British politics.
He said that following the turmoil that has gripped Greece and other European Union countries, is now highly unlikely that Britain will ever dump the pound sterling and join the Euro zone.
“For a start there would have to be a referendum,” he said. “And the British people would never vote to ditch the pound.
“Britain’s grateful that we never joined the Euro 15 years ago,” he said, adding that then- Prime Minister Tony Blair was keen on the idea once the circumstances were right.
“Fortunately the circumstances never were right and that’s one of the reasons why Britain’s not suffering as much as so many other European Union countries. A one-size-fits-all currency for a number of countries that are not economically in tandem just simply doesn’t work.”
Evans said that following a three-day visit to Greece he has become “pessimistic” about the country being able to stay in the Euro. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Greece did come off the Euro sooner rather than later.
“Whenever I speak to any politicians throughout the European Union and I say part of the problem is that Greece should never have gone on the Euro, everybody agrees. Turning a blind eye and putting Greece on to the Euro in the first place did Greece no favors whatsoever and certainly hasn’t done any favors for the rest of the European Union.
“We are coming towards decision time with Greece at the moment and it’s not looking good.”
But he said Britain’s chances of avoiding a deep recession are much better and he said he supports what Cameron and his finance minister George Osborne are doing to maintain a steady recovery.
Evans would not rule out the possibility that the whole Euro zone might collapse, although he said both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy would be hugely embarrassed if it did.
“They were fairly well breaking new ground when they created the currency in the first place. Whether it will survive or not time will tell, but 2012 will be the important year as to whether it will survive,” he said.
Turning to the Middle East, Evans said it is vital that Iran is prevented from getting its hands on a nuclear weapon. “We want to see a peaceful Iran, a stable Mid East as much as we possibly can, and if we have a state like Iran, which has already gone on the record and said that Israel should not even exist, to have nuclear weapons would be hugely destabilizing in a region that’s already suffering greatly.”
Evans said he was still hopeful that the Arab Spring would end well, pointing out that Tunisia’s transition to democracy has gone relatively smoothly and saying there have been encouraging moves in Libya despite the violence that has followed the overthrow and assassination of leader Muammar Gadhafi.
“It’s difficult to say at what stage we are in the Arab Spring. It maybe that we are just right at the very beginning and we’ve still got some way to go before there is huge change and transition in some of these countries.
“At the end of the day, the people’s will will always win over. In Iran we saw some huge protests on the streets of Tehran not so long ago, and while they were suppressed, you cannot suppress the spirit of a people that wants to see change.”
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