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British Speaker of Commons to Refuse to Invite Trump to Speak to Parliament

HeadlineFeb 07, 2017

In Britain, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow says he will refuse to invite Donald Trump to address the British Parliament during Trump’s upcoming state visit, citing Trump’s “racism and sexism.”

John Bercow: “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. 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.”

More than 1.8 million Brits have also signed a petition seeking to stop Trump’s state visit entirely, arguing, “He should not be allowed to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to her Majesty the Queen.” The British Parliament is slated to debate the petition on February 20.

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