Bercow says opposed to allowing Trump to address parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – The speaker of the House of Commons said on Monday he would not support any plans for U.S. President Donald Trump to address parliament during a state visit planned for later this year, citing Trump’s “migrant ban” as a factor.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches in his pocket for notes as he holds a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria – RTSXP6A

“As far as this place (parliament) 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,” speaker John Bercow told MPs in parliament.

As one of the key figures whose approval would be needed for any parliamentary address, Bercow said he would oppose any possible move to invite Trump to speak in either of the two locations which host foreign leaders during state visits.

(Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)

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