Trump state go to: Corbyn boycotts Buckingham Palace banquet – BBC Information


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Jeremy Corbyn has mentioned he won’t attend the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of Donald Trump.

The Labour chief argued it will be incorrect to “roll out the purple carpet” for the US president, whom he accused of utilizing “racist and misogynist rhetoric”.

The US-UK relationship didn’t want “the pomp and ceremony” of June’s state go to, he added.

Prime Minister Theresa Could promised Mr Trump the honour after he was elected in 2016.

Commons Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat chief Sir Vince Cable have already declined to attend the dinner.

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In an announcement, Mr Corbyn mentioned: “Theresa Could shouldn’t be rolling out the purple carpet for a state go to to honour a president who rips up very important worldwide treaties, backs local weather change denial and makes use of racist and misogynist rhetoric.

“Sustaining an necessary relationship with the USA doesn’t require the pomp and ceremony of a state go to. It’s disappointing that the prime minister has once more opted to kowtow to this US administration.

“I’d welcome a gathering with President Trump to debate all issues of curiosity.”

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Media captionBear in mind President Trump’s final UK go to in July 2018?

A spokeswoman for Mr Bercow, who has been crucial of Mr Trump’s file in workplace, mentioned he had been “invited to the banquet, however he won’t be attending”.

The SNP’s Westminster chief, Ian Blackford can also be boycotting the meal, saying Mrs Could “ought to as an alternative be holding conferences to problem the US administration and lift key points”.

However Overseas Secretary Jeremy Hunt has mentioned the UK ought to provide “the very best welcome” to the president.

And Mrs Could’s spokesman mentioned the prime minister was “trying ahead to welcoming the president right here to construct on our particular relationship”.

The banquet is scheduled to happen on the primary night of the state go to, which can final from three to five June.

About 150 company are anticipated to be invited, together with political leaders and different public figures with cultural, diplomatic and financial hyperlinks to the US.

Throughout their go to, the president and First Girl Melania Trump will likely be company of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years for the reason that D-Day landings.

Mr Trump may also have official talks with the prime minister at Downing Road, though it isn’t but clear whether or not he’ll deal with Parliament – as predecessors Barack Obama and Invoice Clinton did – amid opposition from many MPs to the concept.

Final July, Mr Trump’s first go to to the UK since he turned president in 2017 led to very large protests. He met the Queen and Mrs Could hosted a banquet for him at Blenheim Palace.

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