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Donald Trump Has Been Blocked From Visiting Parliament Because Of His "Racism"
"An address by a foreign leader to both houses of parliament is not an automatic right, it is an earned honour," John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, announced.
By Jim Waterson

Donald Trump should not be given the honour of addressing both houses of parliament on his state visit to Britain later this year because of his “sexism” and “racism”, the speaker of the House of Commons announced on Monday in an extraordinary intervention that drew applause from MPs.

John Bercow, who was a Conservative MP before he becoming the politically neutral presiding officer, said said he would personally block any attempt to allow Trump to address both houses of parliament in the medieval Westminster Hall, an honour given to Barack Obama in 2011.

In a rare break with convention, Bercow declared in no uncertain terms his opposition to the state visit.

“We value our relationship with the United States,” Bercow said in response to a point of order from Labour MP Stephen Doughty. “If a state visit takes place, that is way beyond beyond and above the pay grade of the speaker.

“However, as far as this place [the House of Commons] 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 in the House of Commons.

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