The House of Commons Speaker railed against the US President addressing MPs during a proposed State Visit as a mark of “our opposition to sexism and racism”.
His stark remarks came as he was quizzed by Labour’s Stephen Doughty, who asked if the Speaker was aware of the grave concern from some MPs regarding an address by the US President to politicians in the Palace of Westminster.
Mr Bercow responded: “I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery.
John Bercow said he "strongly opposes" an address from Donald Trump
I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump
“We value our relationship with the United States, if a state visit takes place, that is way beyond and above of the pay grade of the Speaker.
“However, as far as this place is concerned 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.”
Any parliamentary address from the President would require the approval of Mr Bercow.
The Speaker was addressing the House of Commons on Monday
He said he would oppose any possible move to invite Mr Trump in either of the two Houses which host foreign leaders during state visits.
The Speaker said he was against an address even more so since the US President introduced a controversial temporary travel ban on seven mostly Muslim countries.
His comments were met with cheers and applause from some Labour and SNP MPs inside the Chamber.
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Speaker Bercow just cancelled Trump visit to parliament. A proud moment for Commons. Racism and sexism not welcome here.
— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) February 6, 2017
Speaker Bercow has decided to check people coming into our Parliament VERY CAREFULLY. https://t.co/aXeSd59Svl
— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) February 6, 2017
Some leading politicians have already reacted on Twitter, with the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, writing: “Speaker Bercow just cancelled Trump visit to Parliament. A proud moment for Commons. Racism and sexism not welcome here.”
Labour MP West Streeting quipped: “Speaker Bercow has decided to check people coming into our Parliament VERY CAREFULLY.”
The UK Reacts To Trump's 'Muslim' Travel Ban
Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven 'muslim' countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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People demonstrate during a protest at Downing Street in central London against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries
A petition to withdraw the invitation will be debated by MPs later this month after 1.8 million people signed the document.
While a counter-petition, which will be discussed at the same time, has reached more than 300,000 signatures.