by Amna El Tawil
For weeks, British lawyer Graham Guest’s petition to stop Trump’s visit to the UK didn’t get much attention. Things have changed now as the number of signatures passed 1 million and more and more people are signing it. The main reason for the sudden outburst of petition signatures is Trump’s infamous Muslim ban.
The petition on the UK Government and Parliament’s website had earned just 372 signatures since the end of November, Guest said, but by 10 am on Monday, that number soared.
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The number of signatures keeps increasing by the minute.
According to the rules, any petition with 100,000 signatures or more automatically qualifies it for consideration to be debated in Parliament, though there are no guarantees. The Leeds resident has no explanation for how it took off. He assumes that: “Maybe Trump’s travel ban has angered people and they want him to know what it’s like to be banned from a country.”
British diplomats also condemned the order. Under intense pressure to take a position, Prime Minister Theresa May conceded Sunday “we do not agree with this kind of approach” while saying it was a matter for the US to decide on its own. Guest said he had no specific issue or policy position in mind when he started the petition. It was just Trump the man, really. The petition says a state visit from the new US president 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,” the petition states.
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However, the parliamentary debate will be unlikely to have any impact on Trump’s state visit, set for later this year.
by Amna El Tawil