Trump Plan to Visit Britain Sets Off Political Dispute

But the dispute underscores the divisions in Britain over the decision to invite Mr. Trump, which has prompted more than 1.8 million Britons to sign a petition calling on the government to cancel the trip.

On Tuesday, the backlash against Mr. Bercow was led by Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, who, while avoiding direct criticism of Mr. Bercow, told the BBC that ministers did not agree with the speaker’s view.

“The government is very clear: President Trump is the leader of our most important ally, he’s elected fairly and squarely, and it’s manifestly in our national interests that we reach out to him,” Mr. Javid said.

John Whittingdale, a former culture secretary, told Sky News that Mr. Bercow’s intervention was “a…

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