British far-Right activist Tommy Robinson has not been granted a US visa to meet with Republican lawmakers in Washington this week, an organiser of the meeting said on Monday.
Robinson is the founder of the English Defence League, or EDL, which in the past has staged violent demonstrations against Islam.
He was jailed by British authorities in 2013 for using a passport in someone else’s name to travel to the United States from Britain. He was later jailed on a separate charge of contempt of court, but was released in August.
Several Members of the UK Parliament led by Soros-funded HOPE not Hate director Ruth Smeeth MP — who have in the past expressed hatred for President Donald Trump — are now begging his administration to ban Tommy Robinson from the U.S.
Anti-Islam campaigner Tommy Robinson has announced he will join Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes on his Australian tour in December, in a move likely to increase pressure on the government to ban the right-wing activists from entering the country.
American authorities are reportedly considering Tommy Robinson’s visa after the far-right activist was invited to speak at the US Congress by Republican lawmakers and a conservative think-thank that funds his legal battles.
The English Defence League-founder, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was previously refused entry to the US due to his plethora of criminal convictions. As well as drug possession, violence and public order offences, Robinson was jailed in 2012 for using a friend’s passport to travel to New York.
On Tuesday, Robinson appeared before the highest circuit judge in London’s Central Criminal Court, defending himself against contempt charges that landed him in prison.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard, Q.C. ruled that the facts of the case were not yet settled, and referred the case to the Attorney General — punting the decision to the political class, who will have to weigh public interest in its ruling.
The Middle East Forum has, in conjunction with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, invited activist and journalist Tommy Robinson to the United States.
In addition, Rep. Paul Gosar (Republican of Arizona) and six other members of Congress have invited Mr. Robinson to speak to the Conservative Opportunity Society in a closed-door event.
Assuming all the legal issues are sorted out, he will address the public in Washington, D.C. on November 14. Americans will then have a chance to hear Mr. Robinson, a long-time target of UK authorities attempting to silence criticism of Islamism, about his first-hand experience confronting radical Islam and his cautionary tale about political correctness run amok.
The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said Wednesday that although inviting people to the House of Lords was outside of his remit, but insisted that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, was a “a loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual” who should have never been invited to the upper chamber.
Activist journalist and former leader of the English Defence League Mr Tommy Robinson walked away a free man after his hearing in the Old Bailey Court this morning in London, as the judge referred the case to the attorney general who would rule at a later stage.
The founder and former member of the English Defence League is accused of breaching reporting restrictions when he live-streamed on Facebook defendants outside of a courthouse in Leeds on May 25th while a reporting restriction was in place.