Plan for Trump State Visit Sparks Increased Opposition


The petition, created by Graham Guest from the northern English city of Leeds, does not seek to ban Trump from entering the United Kingdom but wants to deny him a state visit "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen".

Executive orders signed by the new American President bans nationals from Muslim majority countries that are linked to Islamic terrorism from travelling to the USA.

The government has also been facing growing criticism over Prime Minister Theresa May's lackluster responses to Trump's controvercial policies and statements as she seeks to secure a bilateral trade deal as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. May was the first foreign official to visit the White House after Trump's inauguration.

But since Trump's imposition on Friday of a ban on refugees and citizens of 7 Muslim-majority nations entering the United States, there have been widespread calls for PM May to cancel the visit.

The BBC source reportedly said a rejection of Trump's state visit would be a "populist gesture" and would "undo everything".

While Prime Minister Theresa May's office has insisted that the state visit will go ahead as planned, the outcome of the parliamentary debate could derail such plans.

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The government is forced to answer to all petitions that receive more than 10,000 signatures and if the petition reaches 100,000, it has to be contemplated for a debate in Westminster Hall.

"Donald Trump's well-documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by the Queen or the Prince of Wales", the petition creators wrote. Activists and opposition groups have also said they are beginning to plan a large march or protest to coincide with Mr Trump's state visit.

While Prime Minister Theresa May said she does not agree with Mr. Trump's travel ban, she said she would not cancel his planned state visit.

'The wording in the petition is quite precise as I actually say that he should come here as the head of government to do government-to-government business.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a surprisingly quick response to the furore surrounding the travel ban, saying Trump should be blocked from a state visit until it's lifted.