A Chinese government delegation has been banned from attending the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II, BBC News understands.

House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle refused a request for entry to Westminster Hall due to Chinese sanctions against 5 MPs and two friends, Politico first reported.

Queen Elizabeth is set to lie in state there till her funeral on Monday.

The House of Commons told the BBC it didn’t touch upon safety issues.

Last year, China imposed journey bans and asset freezes on 9 Britons – together with seven parliamentarians – for accusing Beijing of mistreating Uighur Muslims.

That led to China’s ambassador to the UK being banned from Parliament – a transfer which has now been prolonged to a delegation that wished to pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state.

UK-China relations are already strained and this ban is unlikely to help.

However, China’s vice-president is predicted to attend Monday’s state funeral which will be held throughout the street from Parliament at Westminster Abbey.

According to the parliamentary rule e-book Erskine May, in 1965 Queen Elizabeth II consented that management of Westminster Hall could be shared between the Lord Great Chamberlain – who’s appointed by the monarch – and the audio system of both the Commons and the Lords.

There is not any particular point out concerning management of entry for an event comparable to a lying-in-state, however when it comes to “invitations to foreign dignitaries to address both Houses in Westminster Hall” these are “ordinarily” issued by the settlement of all three.

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