07 February 2017 - UK Speaker: Trump Shouldn't Be Allowed to Address Parliament
Anushka Asthana , Jessica Elgot, Rowena Mason (The Guardian, 06/02/2017)
Donald Trump is unfit to address MPs, according to the Speaker of the House of Commons, who said that he would refuse to invite the US president to speak at Westminster because of parliament’s long held opposition “to racism and to sexism”.
John Bercow warned that the opportunity to speak in the prestigious Westminster Hall during a state visit “is not an automatic right, it is an earned honour” in an extraordinary intervention that divided MPs and annoyed No 10.
The unprecedented step caused many MPs to pour praise on Bercow, but also triggered an angry response in parts of government with ministers privately claiming that he had overstepped the mark.
Matt Fermer (The Huffington Post, 06/02/2017)
In a blistering statement before the House of Commons, Speaker John Bercow said he was “strongly opposed” to Trump addressing Parliament during an upcoming state visit to the U.K.
“I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak,” Bercow said. While British lawmakers value their country’s relationship with the United States, he said, “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.”
Shaun Connolly, Jack Maidment (The Independent, 07/02/2017)
Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament during his state visit.
Mr Bercow's extraordinary attack re-ignited controversy over the invitation to Mr Trump, provoking applause from MPs who oppose the US President, and drawing accusations the Speaker was “insulting” the UK's closest ally.
The Speaker appeared to brand Mr Trump a “racist” as he said the president's travel ban on Muslims from seven countries, and refugees, had hardened his hostility to any high profile Westminster address during the visit.
Mahita Gajanan (Time Magazine, 06/02/2017)
British House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said on Monday that he would oppose President Donald Trump addressing Parliament during his state visit.
Bercow said he would not have supported Trump speaking in Westminster Hall before the president's executive order on immigration was put into place. And following the imposition of the order, Bercow said he was "even more strongly opposed" to Trump speaking.
"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," he said.
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