One of Trump’s advisers, Stephen Miller, who is said to have assisted in the drawing up of the executive order banning visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, was scornful of the judges who overturned the ban. He said: 'Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned'. Trump himself indicated to journalists that a second executive order may be issued as soon as this week. North Korea launched a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan in what South Korea interpreted as a provocative act to test Trump’s response. The president of Turkey, Erdogan, is trying to introduce a bill which would allow him to stay in office until 2029 and give him the power to appoint and dismiss government ministers.
Theresa May’s office said there was never any intention of inviting Trump to address parliament during his state visit and accused the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, who opposed any such invitation, of grandstanding. A Sunday newspaper published the content of a talk by Bercow to Reading University students during the EU referendum campaign in which he said he would vote remain, in apparent breach of the speaker’s duty of impartiality. About 150 MPs were said to be supporting a proposed vote of no confidence in Bercow. The secretary of state for Brexit, David Davis, apologised to Labour’s Diane Abbott, after an offensive private text about her was made public. In the text, Davis ridiculed suggestions that he had attempted to embrace Abbott in a House of Commons bar, adding 'I am not blind'. The deputy leader of the Labour party, Tom Watson, said on television that Jeremy Corbyn is 'established' in the job and should contest the next general election. BBC online put 'news' of its own programmes first and third in the running order of world events this morning. The film 'La La Land' won a number of awards at a meeting of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London.
A former first minister, Alex Salmond, predicted that a decision on a second Scottish independence referendum would be taken within weeks and that the referendum would be held in the autumn of 2018. It was a typically violent weekend in Scotland: a 71-year-old woman, Catherine Kelly, died in a house fire in Kilmarnock that police believe was started deliberately; a man was charged with murder after Hannah Dorans, 21, was found dead in a flat in Edinburgh; a female taxi driver was threatened with a knife, told to pull over, and assaulted by two passengers while she drove them from Lanark to West Calder. The manager of Rangers football club, Warburton, left the club and was temporarily succeeded by Murty. Scotland lost at the rugby to France. The bluebell may find it increasingly difficult to grow and reproduce because of global warming.