500,000 signatures in UK petition to cancel Trump visit

500,000 signatures in UK petition to cancel Trump visit
The UK parliament will consider for debate about whether Donald Trump's planned state visit to the country should go ahead after half a million British people signed an online petition.
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29 January, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn called on the government to put off Donald Trump's scheduled state visit [Getty]
An online petition calling for Donald Trump's UK state visit invitation to be revoked, will be considering for debate in the British parliament after gaining over 500,000 signatures just hours after its launch on Sunday.

The petition urged that Trump is "not invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen" after Trump signed an executive order to ban refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter the US.

"Donald Trump's well-documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales," the petition said.

"Therefore during the term of his presidency, Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official state visit."

The petition was launched after opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn called on the government to put off the president's scheduled state visit until the ban was rescinded.

Trump "should not be welcomed to Britian while he abuses our shared values with shameful #MuslimBan & attacks on refugees & women", Corbyn tweeted.

The UK prime minister "would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit & condemn Trump's actions in the clearest terms," Corbyn said.

Meanwhile an MP from Theresa May's Conservative Party on Saturday revealed he would be barred from entering the US under Trump's clampdown.

Iraqi-born MP Nadhim Zahawi tweeted that he had received "confirmation that the order does apply to myself and my wife as we were both born in Iraq", even though the pair have British passports.

"A sad sad day to feel like a second class citizen! Sad day for the USA," he added.

All petitions that receive more than 100,000 signatures are considered for debate in the UK parliament.