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>> House of Commons speaker John Bercow rocked Westminster by opposing an address to Parliament by US President Donald Trump. I'm William James, Reuters Political Correspondent, in Westminster.>> 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.
00:00:31
>> There's lots of reasons why lawmakers have spoken out today to criticize the speaker John Bercow. First and foremost among them is that his position as Speaker of the House is supposed to be one of political neutrality. When he tool the role he had to abandon his allegiance to the Conservative Party.
00:00:45
>> All day.>> And now up until now, he's effectively done that. And that brings the second criticism of him into play as well. Which is that he's let other people speak in parliament who are equally controversial. There are human rights questions about China yet the Chinese premier spoke in front of Westminster Hall just a couple of years ago.
00:01:05
Although it seems Jon Bercow acted completely unilaterally in making this statement, caught everybody by surprise. And it wasn't endorsed by Theresa May. It's actually going to be embarrassing for her when they come to discuss the details of this state visit. Now there was no question of Trump addressing Parliament, it hadn't been raised yet let alone answered.
00:01:25
But now that's off the table and it will be seen, I'm sure, in Washington as bit of a diplomatic snub. That's something that Theresa May is gonna have to deal with, not John Bercow. After an initially very positive trip to Washington to meet Trump. By the time Theresa May had landed back in the UK there were already protests about the migrant ban.
00:01:42
Which is what's at the root of Bercow's decision to speak out yesterday. So the trip went well itself, but it's actually turned sour already. And it's gonna be a lingering question over May's government, how are they going to handle this?