Less than five hours after its launch, 100,000 people have signed a petition in favour of banning Donald Trump from a state visit to Britain. The matter will now be debated in parliament.
The petition cites Mr Trump’s “well documented misogyny and vulgarity” and calls for him to be allowed into the country but to meet The Queen.
As the petition has over 10,000 signatures it will be debated in parliament. The petition reached the 100,000 figure in just under five hours after being launched at 8am. It earned 56,000 signatures within the last sixty minutes.
Data shows that signatures came from North, South, and Central London with high signing rates in Edinburgh, Bristol, Brighton, and Manchester.
The petition states, “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.
“Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.”
May Under Fire
The petition and subsequent debate will further apply the pressure to Theresa May. She has been constantly under fire over a range of issues, when in each case she has failed to answer pressing questions of the day, either avoiding the question or choosing to answer a different question to the one put.
In relation to the Trump travel ban, Theresa May is being criticised in her own party as more divisions erupt within it. Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, a Muslim, said the U.S travel ban would stop him entering the country and for the first time in his life he feels discriminated against.
A decision on when the parliamentary debate will occur will be decided at a later date.