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Trump not welcome in UK Parliament, speaker says

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The Commons Speaker John Bercow said he would not be willing to let U.S. President Donald Trump deliver a formal address to MPs in the UK Parliament and that was received with a long applause.

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Bercow said Parliament's opposition to racism and sexism as well as its support for the law are "hugely important considerations". He was "strongly opposed" to the idea of an address before Trump imposed his controversial travel ban, and since the imposition of the ban he is "even more strongly" opposed.

Bercow was applauded by MPs on the opposition benches when he said Parliament must stand up against racism and sexism.

"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 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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