House of Commons Speaker Just Moved to Stop Trump's Speech to Parliament

Posted: Feb 06, 2017 3:30 PM

President Trump is expected to visit the United Kingdom in the coming days and it was assumed he'd address Parliament, but not if House of Commons Speaker John Bercow can help it. Bercow joined 150 of his colleagues to protest the U.S. president's speech.

"Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by Mr. Trump in Westminster Hall," Bercow told members of Parliament.

Trump's executive order on immigration has only further convinced Bercow to prevent Trump from addressing Parliament in the prestigious Westminster Hall.

It's not just talk. Under British law, the speaker has the authority to block anyone from addressing the lawmakers.

Along with the 150 members of Parliament who signed a petition to protest Trump's remarks, Harriet Harman, a member of the Labour Party, is leading a female protest against him because, I quote, she "could not be there clapping a man who is a self-confessed groper." 

Trump has received a much friendlier welcome from British Prime Minister Theresa May. Their good natured press conference last month reminded many of the 1980s partnership between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher - two titans of conservatism.