Clarke: Brexit won’t change good re­la­tions

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The good re­la­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ments of the UK and Cyprus would not be threat­ened even in the case of a Bri­tish exit from the EU, Con­ser­va­tive MP Ken­neth Clarke said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on the up­com­ing EU ref­er­en­dum with for­eign cor­re­spon­dents in Lon­don.

Clarke, an MP for 46 years and mem­ber of var­i­ous Con­ser­va­tive-led gov­ern­ments, who cam­paigns for the UK to re­main in the EU, was asked to com­ment on whether a Brexit would have any effect on the UKCyprus good re­la­tions.

“I can’t be­lieve a Bri­tish govern­ment is go­ing to emerge that it doesn’t en­deav­our to be on good terms with the govern­ment of Cyprus,” said Clarke, ac­cord­ing to the Agency.

“I just think the two coun­tries are natural al­lies; we have ab­so­lutely no in­ter­ests that di­vide us.”

He added that the vast ma­jor­ity of Bri­tish politi­cians of right and left ex­pect that their coun­try is on good terms with the govern­ment of Cyprus.

“Also the vast ma­jor­ity of Bri­tish politi­cians would also wel­come a set­tle­ment of the Cyprus prob­lem and any­thing the Bri­tish could do to help to re­store the unity of the is­land, I think any Bri­tish govern­ment would do,” he added.

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“What­ever else this crazy ref­er­en­dum threat­ens, I don’t think it threat­ens good re­la­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ments of Bri­tain and Cyprus. In the re­alpoli­tik there’s noth­ing that di­vides us; we have a lot in com­mon,” he said.

Clarke also com­mented that he had not heard a ‘Brex­i­teer’ claim that mem­bers of the pop­u­lous Cypriot com­mu­nity in the UK are a par­tic­u­lar “prob­lem”; and he jok­ingly added: “They are not a par­tic­u­larly con­tro­ver­sial com­mu­nity here; no doubt they (the Brex­i­teers) will find some rea­son for why we should send back all peo­ple from Cyprus, but I dare one try.”

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