On Tuesday, I asked the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson MP, if when he met with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, earlier this week he denounced the US travel ban on majority Muslim countries – which has impacted upon UK nationals with duel citizenship.
Only this week did it become clear that a teacher in South Wales was refused access into the United States when in Iceland because of his faith. We were promised by the Government that the UK had sought for safeguards for UK nationals and that this would not happen.
This policy is not based in fact. It is not based upon compassion and it is not in the interests of the United States or the United Kingdom. I oppose this ban and believe the UK Government should be doing more to press our ally on its decision.
The Secretary of State said that the Government does not support the measures and wouldn’t be something that the UK would enact in this country. He then said that it would make no difference to any British passport holder. Something that we can see is not the case with the teacher in South Wales. The Government must be doing more to protect our interests. The Special Relationship means that we are friends; true friends speak frankly and freely when the other makes the wrong decision.