Donald Trump petition: 500000 signatures to stop United Kingdom state visit
Jan 31 2017 by Michele Stevens
A new petition with more than 1.4 million signatures calls for the United Kingdom government to rescind its invitation to President Trump after he signed an executive order that temporarily bans people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.
The author, Graham Guest, added that Trump's "well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales".
A petition to prevent Donald Trump's United Kingdom state visit has acquired more than a million signatures.
Downing Street rejected the petition Monday morning, with a source telling the BBC that canceling Trump's state visit would "undo everything" from Prime Minister Theresa May's diplomatic meeting with the president last week.
Trump signed an executive order Friday prohibiting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The ban also forbids refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the country.
The petition against the visit, collecting 1.3 million votes by Monday mid-afternoon, was the second-most popular ever on the parliamentary website, after one calling for a second referendum on membership of the European Union drew more than four million signatures past year.
A petition to prevent the visit collected over one million signatures on Monday.
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The petition was launched the same weekend that Trump's travel restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries drew protest and sharp criticism from across the USA and overseas.
Downing Street said it would not be withdrawing its invitation to Trump as a state visit remains "substantially in the national interest".
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Trump "should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees' and women's rights".
The petition follows widespread outrage over a United States travel ban on Muslims and refugees. A petition floated during Trump's campaign, which gathered over half a million signatures, called for Trump to be banned from the country completely. While a debate seems nearly a certainty, there's no vote at the end of it and Parliament doesn't have the power to force May's hand.
"Those are put to Buckingham Palace, which agrees to those visits and the invitation is extended on behalf of Her Majesty by the Government".
One of Ms May's own MPs, Nadhim Zahawi, said the ban would stop him entering the country.