The House of Commons Speaker clarified his view on the Chinese delegation ban from coming to Parliament, saying the Xi Jinping regime’s sanctions on MPs were “not acceptable”. Source: ‘Not acceptable’: Speaker puts foot down to block Chinese from entering Parliament
The House of Commons Speaker said Xi Jinping’s punishments on MPs were “not acceptable.” The Chinese delegation was forbidden from attending the Queen’s lying-in-state after several British MPs were sanctioned for criticising human rights violations in Xinjiang.
Conservative heavyweight Sir Iain Duncan Smith voiced concern in The Telegraph that some Chinese delegation members were permitted to attend the lying-in-state. Speaker Sir Lindsay told BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg: “I can say nobody has been leaning on me at all-far from it.”
“My view remains the same that we would not welcome a reception in Parliament and that’s when I stopped the Ambassador and the accredited Chinese from coming into the House of Commons.”
“So let’s be clear: to hold a reception in the House of Commons when MPs and a peer have been sanctioned is not acceptable.”
“My view remains the same and nothing has changed.”
The Speaker continued: “Not about current politics.”
Sir Lindsay elaborated: “But as I said and I repeat again: the sanction against those accredited officials remains in place and will remain so.”
“There is a very easy answer: lift the sanctions, we can then look to see whether we should have a reception in Parliament.”
“But this will not happen at the moment.”
Sir Iain Duncan Smith opposed their travel citing Xi Jinping’s sanctions for “lies and disinformation” regarding human rights violations in Xinjiang. The former Conservative leader and several senior Conservative MPs alleged “enormous pressure was used to let leader attend Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state.”
A senior parliamentary source told Politico that Sir Lindsay had rebuffed Chinese officials’ invitation to enter Westminster Hall before the burial. Sir Lindsay Hoyle said it was inappropriate to let China’s ambassador to Britain on the parliamentary estate when MPs were under sanctions.
Despite the diplomatic controversy, China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan has apparently been invited. Sir Iain Duncan Smith is one of five MPs sanctioned by China for accusing the government of mistreating Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.