This Tuesday, the councilors at the Royal Borough of Greenwich voted in favor of not inviting US President Donald Trump for the state visit, urging the Conservative government to reverse its decision.
The Labor-run council also declared that "should a state visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough," which is home to the iconic Royal Observatory that is crossed by the Meridian line, setting the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
In the press release, the leader of the council, Denise Hyland, stated that the local authority works "hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception."
"As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers."
"We have no time for people who want to build walls, when we have done so much to break them down," she said.
Donald Trump's state visit to the UK has been an issue of much controversy, owing to the US president's stance on illegal migration and allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him.
Last month, the situation took yet another turn, when Trump retweeted anti-Muslim posts made by the far right party Britain First.
However, Trump hit back, telling May to "focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom."
Despite the new dents in the US-UK "special relationships" and the mounting public opposition to the US president's official visit, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently confirmed that "the invitation has been extended and accepted and we have yet to make the arrangements."
Twitter users, however, celebrated the local government's decision.
Donald Trump has been barred entry to the Royal Borough of Greenwich on his UK trip next year. Where will he stay in the Mean Time?— HRH Prince William (@DukeCambridgeUK) 16 декабря 2017 г.
Interesting to see Greenwich has barred Trump from visiting should he come over to the UK. Other London boroughs should follow — he is abhorrent and antithetical to everything that makes this city hum and his response to the London Bridge attacks was unforgivable.— Alexander Milas (@alexandermilas) 17 декабря 2017 г.
All it would take is 3 or 4 more councils to bar him too, including Westminster, and he won’t be able to come. https://t.co/oq4OP4YikW— 🏳️🌈LGBTPlusProud🏳️🌈 — Be You (@LGBTPlusProud) 15 декабря 2017 г.
There are no "no-go zones" in Britain, but I hear Greenwich is becoming a no-go zone for Trump. Perhaps all of Europe should follow suit.— Chris (@goingglocal) 15 декабря 2017 г.
London Borough of Greenwich becomes no-go zone for #Trump after #BritainFirst #Nazi retweets #NoStateVisit If he comes we need the biggest demo in British history. We need a mass march against racism on UN anti-racism day, 17 March 2018 too! https://t.co/7yvmkvGwAF— Stand Up To Racism (@AntiRacismDay) 15 декабря 2017 г.
Well done @Royal_Greenwich @petethemayor @CllrDHyland! Hope other London Boroughs are encouraged to do the same. Let's not give space to intolerance and hatred. @LewishamCouncil next, please? :-) https://t.co/HzNliCdtMR— Chris (@imageplotter) 15 декабря 2017 г.
Now if we can do the same in every American city, especially DC. https://t.co/g8gZ4oGuPP— STOP (@DisTrumpia) 15 декабря 2017 г.
shout-out to my hometown greenwich for passing a motion to stop trump from setting foot in their borough and calling on the government to abandon plans for his visit 😂👍https://t.co/TTSv8G48Jz— Sarah Saboteur Jones 🇪🇺 #FBPE (@sazmeister88) 15 декабря 2017 г.
Just received a note from Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBoG) informing me they have passed a motion asking for Donald Trump' UK visit to be cancelled and that if the visit should go ahead, he will not be welcomed in Greenwich. RBOG hopes other Local Authorities will do the same.— Tia Kinay (@TiaKinay) 15 декабря 2017 г.