An online petition called out for the cancellation of Donald Trump’s prearranged state visit to Britain. The petition was now signed by more than one million people. This was made to save Queen Elizabeth from embarrassment, according to the people behind the petition.
Donald Trump: UK Visit
President Trump banned Syrian refugees and also suspended travel from seven Muslim-majority countries over the weekend. The petition was actually created before this action. Hence, the signatures started from as less as hundred. For eight weeks the number of signatures stayed that way. Following Trump’s official signing of his immigration ban, the number of signatures now stands at 1.5 million.
A man named Graham Guest from Leeds created the said petition. In it, he stressed that a visit of this kind would really be embarrassing for the Queen. “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,” the petition stated. “Donald Trump’s well-documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales,” it said. The petition thus inferred that because of such reasons Trump must not be allowed to visit U.K. during the time of his presidency. Guest stated that the executive order on immigration ban that Trump had signed had further aggravated their objection against the said visit.
Donald Trump: The Petition
This petition became the second-most popular petition to date if the number of signatories is to go by. The most popular in UK is a 2016 petition that called out for a second referendum on membership of the European Union.
Accordingly, U.K. parliament ruled that a petition reaching one million signatures must be brought out for debate. Most interestingly, last year the parliament had also debated a petition which called for the then Republican candidate Trump, to be banned from the U.K. The petition gathered almost six million signatures before it was stopped in last June.
However, Theresa May, British Prime Minister, completely disregarded the petition. She already stated that the visit would take place as it had been planned, said ABC News. In fact, May had already discussed the state visit with Trump. She had visited the American president last week. If everything goes according to May’s plan, the event would involve lavish displays of royal pageantry. There would also be a banquet hosted by the monarch.
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