On Monday, the UK parliament will debate a petition on whether US President Donald Trump should be granted a planned state visit. As Abigail Frymann Rouch discovered in London, the issue is proving to be divisive.
One is under intensifying fire from MPs, the other is unfailingly popular with politicians and other professionals, especially after a long day’s work. The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is accused of abandoning the impartiality demanded by his position for saying that US President Donald Trump should not be allowed to address the Houses of Parliament.
The Speaker pub, a few minutes’ walk away, overflows with the noisy opinions of suited civil servants and lobbyists. On Bercow’s behavior, they are divided. But between the pub’s modest paneled walls, however, there is unanimity on one issue.
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