“We are all under a duty to stand up to hate whenever and in whatever form it appears.” ~Emily Thornberry, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary
“This order was issued at 9:45am on Friday, UK time. It then took until midnight on Saturday – a full 27 hours later – to say that they would consider the impact on US nationals. It then took the Prime Minister until Sunday morning to tell the foreign secretary to telephone the White House and it took him until midday on Sunday to call the travel ban devisive and wrong. That is 38 hours – 38 hours, Mr. Speaker, to have the courage to say what everyone else was saying on Friday night.
“And finally, 46 hours after the Executive Order we got clarification that UK nationals and dual nationals would not be affected. If this was because the wheels in Washington were slow to turn, it might be understandable. But look at Canada – they were immediately in touch on Saturday with their American counterparts and by that evening they had secured the travel rights of Canadian nationals a full 17 hours before we had secured ours. So, can I ask the Secretary of State, Canada is supposed to be 5 hours behind the UK so why were they a day ahead of us when it came to resolving this issue?
“And finally, a point on timing: The order was signed barely an hour or two after the Prime Minister had left the White House; can he tell us, in their discussions about terrorism and security, was this imminent order mentioned? Because I don’t know, Mr. Speaker, what’s worse – that the President would have such little respect for the Prime Minister that he wouldn’t think of telling her or that he did and that she didn’t think it sounded wrong. If it was the first, it would hardly be a surprise. But if it was the latter, then we really do have a problem, Mr. Speaker, because when it comes to human rights, when it comes to women’s rights, when it comes to torture and the treatment of minorities, President Trump is already descending down a very dangerous slope and when that happens, we need a Prime Minister who is prepared to tell him to stop, not one who simply proffers her hand and silently helps him along.”
Well said, Foreign Secretary!