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Apr 26, 2019

News | Politics | Jeremy Corbyn snubs state banquet for Donald Trump as he attacks Theresa May for 'rolling out the red carpet'

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Jeremy Corbyn has turned down an invitation to attend a State banquet for Donald Trump when he visits Britain in June, Labour has confirmed.
The Labour leader on Friday refused to attend a dinner at Buckingham Palace with the US President, due to be held during his long-awaited State visit to Britain.
Mr Trump will arrive in the UK on June 3-5 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which will culminate in a commemoration event in Portsmouth.
The US President will also meet the Queen during his visit, and intends to “reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship” between the two countries.
However, Mr Corbyn has now confirmed he has declined an invitation to attend the State banquet, which is normally attended by the leaders of the main political parties and other British dignitaries.
In a statement, he said: “Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a State visit to honour a President who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric.
“Maintaining an important relationship with the United States does not require the pomp and ceremony of a State visit. It is disappointing that the Prime Minister has again opted to kowtow to this US administration.
“I would welcome a meeting with President Trump to discuss all matters of interest.”
It came just hours after John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, was accused of disrespecting the Queen when he also rejected the invitation.
Mr Bercow sparked outcry in 2017 when he told MPs that he was “strongly opposed” to a State address by Mr Trump in Parliament, citing “opposition to racism and sexism” and describing an address as “an earned honour”, not an automatic right.
He is now under mounting pressure from ministers to reconsider, amid fears that another snub could seriously damage  Britain's special relationship with the US.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has also rejected the invitation.

Source: The Telegraph

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