President Donald Trump isn't welcome in a lot of circles, and the parliament of the United Kingdom is no exception. Today, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow announced to parliament that Trump would not be allowed a platform upon his visit to the U.K.
In case you weren't aware, it's usual for presidents traveling to Britain to meet with members of the House of Lords in Westminster Hall, Business Insider reports. Bercow, though, has the power to impede this.
"I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the royal gallery," Bercow said, much to the crowd's delight. "And I conclude by saying to the honorable gentleman this: 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."
Much applause ensued following Bercow's speech. Likewise, many Twitter users expressed open support of Bercow's declaration.
@BBCBreaking national hero— Liam (@Limeylicious) February 6, 2017
@BBCBreaking Now this makes me proud to be British!— Robert Taylor (@KernowEMDoc) February 6, 2017
@BBCBreaking Bless this man!— Denise (@NVGhost005) February 6, 2017
On the other hand, quite a few criticized Bercow for meeting with other foreign leaders who may also be considered tyrants, in a similar or dissimilar vein, depending on how you view the politics.
@BBCBreaking it was OK for Stalinist Nikita Khrushchev and Apartheidist Jan Smuts, but Trump is out.— John C. Dvorak (@THErealDVORAK) February 6, 2017
Based on that logic, should the president be allowed to speak, or is Bercow making a move in the right direction? The argument, it appears, could lean either way.
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