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UK: Petition against Trump’s visit gets nearly 2 million signatures

UK: Petition against Trump’s visit gets nearly 2 million signatures
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British Lawmakers will debate US President Donald Trump\'s proposed state visit to the UK after a petition opposing the tour amassed nearly two million signatures.

British Lawmakers will debate US President Donald Trump's proposed state visit to the UK after a petition opposing the tour amassed nearly two million signatures.

The House of Commons will debate an online petition with more than 1.8 million signatures saying a formal state visit by President Trump "would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen."

A second petition in support of such a state visit had attracted over 300,000 signatures.

It will also be debated in line with UK parliamentary rules requiring petitions receiving more than the 100,000 signatures to be considered for a Commons debate.

The debate in Westminster Hall of the House of Commons will be opened by petitions committee member MP Paul Flynn. A response by UK Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan will be delivered, on behalf of the government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has already officially rejected the 'Prevent Donald Trump from making state visit to the United Kingdom' petition.

A Downing Street statement earlier in February said: "We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised.

Her Majesty's government recognises the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition. "During her visit to the US on January 27, 2017, the Prime Minister, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, invited President Trump for a state visit to the UK later in 2017. The invitation was accepted."

"This invitation reflects the importance of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. At this stage, final dates have not yet been agreed for the state visit."

The state visit, expected around August/September in 2017, has been at the centre of a lot of protests and controversy.

This also includes Commons Speaker John Bercow's impartiality coming into question after saying that Trump should be barred from addressing Parliament during any such visit to the UK.

Thousands of protesters are expected to gather for rallies outside Parliament in London and across other UK cities to coincide with the Commons debate on Monday.

According to the Stop Trump coalition website, protests against the US President and in support of migrants will also be held in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The group has called a nationwide day of action and dozens of protests have been coordinated by the "One Day Without Us" movement, celebrating the contribution immigrants make to British society.

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