Thursday 12 July 2018

“My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited. To those intent on causing trouble or breaking the law, I simply say: you are not welcome.

“Around the world, the far-right and nationalist populists are on the rise. This has led to a constant focus on what divides us, rather than what unites us – and the horrific scapegoating of some of the most vulnerable people in our societies.

“I know Londoners are resolutely opposed to the politics of fear and despair. The US has always stood by our side as a beacon for tolerance, openness and respect. This protest is not anti-American – far from it. Most of those marching on Friday will love the United States, just as I do.

“But having a special relationship means that we expect the highest standards from each other, and it also means speaking out when we think the values we hold dear are under threat.”

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