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The UK government needs to be "less deferential1" towards the US and more willing to say no to Washington, a group of MPs have said.


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There has been much speculation about the "special" bond

The Commons Foreign Affairs committee also said it was wrong to speak of "the special relationship" with the US, as it was fostering(哺育,养育) other alliances.

However, the MPs did agree that the link between the countries was "profound(深厚的,渊博的) and valuable".

The Foreign Office said the two nations share a "unique" bond.

The committee said the phrase "the special relationship" did not reflect the "modern" Anglo-American relationship.

It was originally coined(铸造,杜撰) more than 60 years ago by Winston Churchill.

'Potentially misleading'

The committee said although Britain and the US still had close ties, the UK's influence had "diminished(减少,削弱) " as its economic and military power had waned3(衰落,消逝) .

"The use of the phrase 'the special relationship' in its historical sense, to describe the totality of the ever-evolving UK-US relationship, is potentially misleading, and we recommend that its use should be avoided," the committee said.

"The overuse of the phrase by some politicians and many in the media serves simultaneously4(同时地) to de-value its meaning and to raise unrealistic expectations about the benefits the relationship can deliver to the UK."

Three Labour MPs and two Conservatives voted unsuccessfully for the recommendation to be dropped but were over-ruled.

The committee said that the relationship was more associated now with the perceived(感知到的,感观的) support Britain gave to President George W Bush over the Iraq war.

"The perception(感觉,知觉) that the British government was a subservient5(奉承的,有用的) 'poodle(狮子狗) ' to the US administration leading up to the period of the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath is widespread both among the British public and overseas," it said.

"This perception, whatever its relation to reality, is deeply damaging to the reputation and interests of the UK."

The committee also said US President Barack Obama had taken the same "pragmatic(实用主义的) " attitude as it was recommending now since entering the White House in 2009.

It said: "The UK needs to be less deferential(恭敬的) and more willing to say no to the US on those issues where the two countries' interests and values diverge6(分歧,偏离) .

"The UK's relationship should be principally driven by the UK's national interests within individual policy areas. It needs to be characterised by a hard-headed political approach to the relationship and a realistic(现实的,逼真的) sense of the UK's limits."

Committee chairman Mike Gapes7 said: "We must be realistic and accept that globalisation, structural8 changes and shifts in geopolitical power will inevitably9(必然地) affect the UK-US relationship.

"Over the longer-term, the UK is unlikely to be able to influence the US to the extent it has in the past."


1 deferential jmwzy     
adj. 敬意的,恭敬的
  • They like five-star hotels and deferential treatment.他们喜欢五星级的宾馆和毕恭毕敬的接待。
  • I am deferential and respectful in the presence of artists.我一向恭敬、尊重艺术家。
2 speculation 9vGwe     
  • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。
  • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。
3 waned 8caaa77f3543242d84956fa53609f27c     
v.衰落( wane的过去式和过去分词 );(月)亏;变??;变暗淡
  • However,my enthusiasm waned.The time I spent at exercises gradually diminished. 然而,我的热情减退了。我在做操上花的时间逐渐减少了。 来自《用法词典》
  • The bicycle craze has waned. 自行车热已冷下去了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
4 simultaneously 4iBz1o     
  • The radar beam can track a number of targets almost simultaneously.雷达波几乎可以同时追着多个目标。
  • The Windows allow a computer user to execute multiple programs simultaneously.Windows允许计算机用户同时运行多个程序。
5 subservient WqByt     
  • He was subservient and servile.他低声下气、卑躬屈膝。
  • It was horrible to have to be affable and subservient.不得不强作欢颜卖弄风骚,真是太可怕了。
6 diverge FlTzZ     
  • This is where our opinions diverge from each other.这就是我们意见产生分歧之处。
  • Don't diverge in your speech.发言不要离题。
7 gapes f6a9168013eb28cbdbcfe3faf0279c04     
v.目瞪口呆地凝视( gape的第三人称单数 );张开,张大
  • His shirt gapes open with a button missing. 他的衬衫因丢了一颗纽扣而敞开着。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then, sometimes, the door slowly opens and gapes ajar for a moment. 有时房门会慢慢打开,敞着不动。 来自互联网
8 structural itXw5     
  • The storm caused no structural damage.风暴没有造成建筑结构方面的破坏。
  • The North American continent is made up of three great structural entities.北美大陆是由三个构造单元组成的。
9 inevitably x7axc     
  • In the way you go on,you are inevitably coming apart.照你们这样下去,毫无疑问是会散伙的。
  • Technological changes will inevitably lead to unemployment.技术变革必然会导致失业。
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