The British Parliament has moved to not have President Doanld Trump address the joint Houses of Parliament during his visit to the United Kingdom later this year.
The Parliament’s qualification of Trump’s visit resulted from objections from multiple members of parliament, according to The Guardian.
The movement was led by Commons Speaker John Bercow, who refused to extend an invitation for Trump to speak in Parliament because of the government’s long standing objections “to racism and to sexism.”
“After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Wesminster Hall,” said Bercow in an address to Members of Parliament.
“I would not wish to issue an invitation to president Trump.”
“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.”
Other Members of Parliament were not completely dismissive of the idea of giving Trump the opportunity to speak in Parliament.
“My view is that I maintain an open mind and consider any request from Mr. Trump to address Parliament if and when it is made,” explained Lord Fowler, according to Express.
“I do not intend to argue the case for or against Mr. Trump’s visit – that is not my role as Speaker.”
More conservative-leaning Members of Parliament are expected to react to Bercow’s sentiments with much greater resistance.
Sources speculate that, prior to Bercow’s move to block Trump’s appearance, government ministers had a rough consensus that it would be too much of a political risk to invite Trump to address Parliament, particularly after issuing the executive order to ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Officials are reported to want to limit Trump’s exposure to the British public for fear of anticipated public protests.
The House of Commons is set to arrange Trump’s visit to London during a period of time when Parliament will not be sitting.
Trump will not be scheduled to deliver an address in either Wesminster Hall or in the royal gallery, two venues which are typically reserved for visiting diplomats.
Sources: The Guardian (2), Express/Photo Credit: Misko/Flickr