As reported by Politics Home and The Scottish Herald, on Wednesday 1st February, Michael outlined his position on the potential UK visit of US President Donald J. Trump. There has been much in the media this week about the proposed visit of the newly-elected US President Donald J. Trump to the UK.
Commenting, Michael said:
“I am a big supporter of the 'special relationship' between Britain and America – it delivers huge benefits for our economy and our security. But there are clearly strong views being expressed as to whether a visit by Trump at this time is right or not. For my part, as a Member of Parliament, I've made clear that I certainly think it would be wrong for him to be afforded the privilege of addressing our Parliament”
Michael has signed Early Day Motion 890, which seeks to prohibit the President making any formal address anywhere in Parliament and has already been signed by a vast number of MPs, which you can see here: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/890
The full wording is as follows:
This House deplores recent actions taken by US President Donald J Trump, including his Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees, and notably his comments on torture and women; notes the historical significance and honour that comes with an invitation to address both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall or elsewhere in the Palace of Westminster; and calls on the Speaker, Lord Speaker, Black Rod and Serjeant at Arms to withhold permission from the Government for an address to be made in Westminster Hall, or elsewhere in the Palace of Westminster, by President Trump.
If the President is afforded the privilege of addressing Parliament, Michael has stated he will boycott the event.
You can read more of Michael’s thoughts on the issue here: https://www.politicshome.com/news/world/united-states/donald-trump/news/82931/excl-mps-plan-donald-trump-speech-boycott-state