A petition to block Donald Trump from a state visit to the UK has hit one million signatures, ahead of nationwide protests. The petition says: “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.” The petition was started in November but gained traction this weekend.
An invitation has been extended and accepted.
Downing Street spokesperson
Protests are planned for this evening across British cities as a show of outrage against Mr Trump’s 90-day travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries. The “extreme vetting” is targeting migrants and visitors to the US from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The demonstrations are due to begin at 6pm in London, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Swansea.In spite of the petition and the protests, Downing Street has insisted Mr Trump’s state visit will go ahead.