1M Brits ask government to cancel Trump state visit

It is also worth noting that it is very unusual for a newly-elected U.S. president to be offered a state visit less than a year into their first term.

British MPs will hold a debate on February 20 on US President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain after 1.6 million people signed a petition calling for the trip to be downgraded.

It's not yet clear if climate change activist Prince Charles will meet with Donald Trump. Na h-Eileanan an Iar in the Outer Hebrides and West Tyrone in Northern Ireland were in the bottom 10 for both petitions for the number of signatures.

But on Saturday, a public petition against according a state guest honor to Trump was launched on the British government's website.

This isn't the first time that Donald Trump's visitation rights have been debated in Parliament.

A parliamentary petition opposing the planned state visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to the United Kingdom later this year hit over 1 million signatures on Monday, highlighting the strength of feeling in the country about the British government's plans to ally itself with the U.S.as it extricates itself from the EU. Such debates are largely symbolic and rarely affect government policy, although one on this particular issue would potentially be embarrassing for May. "The point about a state visit is that it directly involves the Queen in a very personal way".


"The general principle is that all British passport holders remain welcome to travel to the USA", he said.

He questioned why Mrs May was so quick to invite the President given his controversial policies, including plans to build a wall blocking the U.S. border with Mexico.

As the row over the Trump visit raged in the United Kingdom, the president made one of the most important early decisions of his term in office, nominating Neil Gorsuch to fill a vacant judge's seat on the US Supreme Court.

On the same day, MPs will also be forced to discuss a second petition calling for Mr Trump's state visit to go ahead after it was signed by more than 100,000 people.

Sayeeda Warsi, a former government minister and Conservative member of the House of Lords, said it was "sending out a wrong signal" to invite Trump, a leaders whose values "are not the same as British values". It gathered close to 600,000 signatures before it was closed last June. "That's what Britain expects and deserves", Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

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