Trump petition: Over 1.5 million call for UK state visit to be cancelled
Jan.31, London: US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK is expected to be debated in Parliament after senior Conservatives joined more than one and a half million people calling for it to be cancelled.
The petition calls for the visit, which is due to take place in the summer, to be abandoned because of the risk it will "embarrass" the Queen.
However, a Downing Street source has told the BBC that cancelling the trip would be "populist gesture" and "undo everything" achieved by Theresa May during her trip to the US last week.
Senior Conservatives joined Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, in calling for the visit to be suspended while Mr Trump's controversial immigration ban is in place.
The internet petition quickly smashed the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for a debate in Parliament, with at one point more than a thousand people signing each minute.
However Downing Street sources confirmed that Mrs May will not be withdrawing her invitation to President Trump because it remains "substantially in the national interest".
Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said that the visit "could not possibly occur" while the travel ban is in place.
Over 100,000 have already signed a petition demanding otherwise. @theresa_may think again.https://t.co/ySphksOliV https://t.co/ik2pWIysfc
"A state visit from the current president of the United States could not possibly occur in the best traditions of the enterprise while a cruel and divisive policy which discriminates against citizens of the host nation is in place.
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