Oxford University Student Union President "delighted".
"There is no value in inviting or hosting hate speakers in the name of 'free speech' when they themselves do not believe in free speech nor a free society, and stand on a platform of oppressing people because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality."
Tom Rutland, President, Oxford University Student Union
English Defence League leader, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon / Tommy Robinson has had a planned appearance at the Oxford Union cancelled, the BBC and other outlets report.
The EDL leader had been invited to take part in a debate at the university, but had the invitation rescinded amid security concerns.
The president of the Oxford Union, Parit Wacharasindhu, wrote an email to Mr Robinson on Monday informing him of the decision to cancel his appearance at the debating society.
"Unfortunately, as we are a student society running on a budget based on student membership, we will be unable to cover the significant security costs that would be required to host you as a speaker," he wrote.
The Oxford Union caused controversy earlier this year when it emerged that it had invited BNP leader Nick Griffin to speak at a debate on same-sex marriage. The invitation was later withdrawn.
Griffin had spoken at the Oxford Union before. In 2007, he shared a platform with the Holocaust-denier David Irving. Their appearance was met with protests as students clashed with security staff and staged a sit-in.
The president of the Oxford University Student Union said he was "delighted" the invitation had been withdrawn and said it "should never have been issued in the first place".
Tom Rutland said: "Fascist speakers who spread hate and threats that extend to our students and the wider community, and often bring with them a rally of violent and dangerous thugs, are clearly a threat to the safety of students and other residents of the city.
"There is no value in inviting or hosting hate speakers in the name of 'free speech' when they themselves do not believe in free speech nor a free society, and stand on a platform of oppressing people because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality.
"Community leaders within the city had expressed their sadness and dismay to us that this nasty individual had been invited and that local residents feared for their safety.
"The EDL are simply the newest torchbearers of the dying but dangerous fascist movement in the UK and they have no place in our university, or in our city.