“I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak. I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons… An address by a foreign leader to both houses of Parliament is not an automatic right. It is an earned honour
A top ranking British lawmaker vowed today to prevent President Donald Trump from speaking before the U.K. Parliament in the historic Westminster Hall.
Speaker John Bercow said he was “strong opposed” to Trump addressing Parliament during an upcoming state visit to the U.K. He would not have invited Trump to address the Parliament, but his recent imposition of an anti-Muslim ban made him “even more strongly opposed” to the idea.
Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the U.K. during a trip to the White House last week. But the invite sparked outrage in cities across the United Kingdom. A petition to stop the invitation, posted on the U.K. government’s official petitions site, has received over 1.8 million signatures.
Bercow represents just one third of the people who can grant access to speaking in Westminster Hall. The speaker of the House of Lords and the Great Border Chamberlain are the other two who need to make their statement.
Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily bans all refugees and indefinitely prevents Syrian refugees from entering the United States. The order also suspends travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Only seven U.S. presidents have ever spoken before the full Parliament, beginning with President Harry Truman in 1947. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama followed.
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