Speaker John Bercow fuels faith in democracy as he denies the government move to parade US President Donald Trump at British Parliament….reports Asian Lite News
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said there is no room for racism and sexism in democracy and ruled against a government move to bring Trump to the Parliament.
Mr Bercow told MPs “opposition to racism and sexism” were “hugely important considerations,” BBC reported.
President Trump was invited to make a state visit after meeting Theresa May in Washington last month.
A petition to withdraw the invitation will be debated by MPs on 20 February after attracting 1.8m signatures.
Responding to a point of order in the House of Commons, Mr Bercow set out his opposition to a Parliamentary address as part of the state visit.
He told MPs addressing the Lords and the Commons was “an earned honour” not an “automatic right”.
He said he was one of three “key-holders” for Westminster Hall, and referred to the US president’s controversial travel ban.
“Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall,” he said. “After the imposition of the migrant ban I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”
The Speaker said he would also be involved in any invitation to address Parliament’s Royal Gallery.
He added: “I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery.
“We value our relationship with the United States. If a state visit takes place, that is way beyond and above the pay grade of the Speaker.
“However, as far as this place is concerned, I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”
Labour MP Dennis Skinner said: “just two words – well done”.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This is the right decision by The Speaker.
“The Prime Minister might wish to kow-tow to the nasty misogynist that now sits in the Oval Office but no-one else does. We do not want him to speak to us. He is not welcome.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman were also happy with Mr Bercow.