3 weeks ago
Thank you mr speaker ! donald trump will effectively be blocked from addressing parliament on his state visit to the uk, the speaker of the house of commons has said. john bercow, the speaker, said he was "strongly opposed" to mr trump speaking in the commons and that being invited was "not an automatic right" but "an earned honour". in a dramatic intervention he cited the commons' opposition to "racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary" as his reasons. “before the imposition of the migrant ban i would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by president trump in westminster hall," mr bercow told mps in response to a point of order. “after the imposition of the migrant ban by president trump i am even more strongly opposed to an address by president trump in westminster hall." the intervention will cause headaches in downing street, where theresa may has bent over backwards to rekindle the so-called special relationship with the us. parts of the commons erupted into rare spontaneous applause in support of mr bercow's statement.