Trump's state visit to the UK put on hold for at least two years following huge protests

Adam Bienkov

LONDON — The U.K. government has put on hold plans to welcome Donald Trump to the U.K. for at least the next two years, it was confirmed today.

The U.S. president was originally penciled in to visit Britain this summer but postponed his trip until the autumn following huge public protests across the country.

However, it now appears that the visit has been dropped for the foreseeable future after Prime Minister Theresa May failed to include it in her Queen's Speech, which covers the government's plans for the next two years.

The only state visit listed in the speech is a visit in July from the King and Queen of Spain.

Traditionally all planned state visits for the period covered by the speech are listed by the Queen in advance.

The failure to include Trump's visit adds credence to earlier reports that the President is unwilling to come to the U.K. while the threat of further protests against him remains.

Trump reportedly told May in a phone call that he would not undertake a visit until the British public became in favor.

The prospect of a visit from the president has become a major controversy in the U.K.

In February the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow gave a speech setting out why he planned to bar Trump from speaking in Parliament due to the president's migrant ban and "our opposition to racism and to sexism".