By Brian Chambers
565’587 People to date have signed an official petition to have Donald Trump banned from the UK
As of 30th December 2015 over 565 thousand British citizens have signed a parliamentary petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK.
The government has responded to this petition following inflammatory remarks Trump continues to make about Muslims and Hispanic people.
Ministers previously criticised his remarks but disagreed with banning Trump from the country.
A petition with more than 10’000 signatures on the official parliament website is guaranteed an official response. A petition with more than 100’000 signatures is automatically considered for parliamentary debate. However, consideration for debate is very different from debate or indeed action.
The official response “recognises the public anger” towards Donald Trump and his actions.
The cross-party Commons petitions committee is due to meet next week to decide whether to hold a parliamentary debate on the matter or not. Given the unprecedented number of signatures on the petition, there is a presumption that this time it will indeed be passed on for debate in parliament.
In the response, the government said it did not comment on individual immigration and exclusion decisions. However the response did continue to state:
“The home secretary may exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conductive to the public good.” adding that Theresa May had said coming to the UK was “a privilege and not a right.”
“Exclusion powers are very serious and are not used lightly.” and would be “based on all available evidence.”
“The government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them.”
“We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has called Trump’s comments and actions “Stupid” but added that he did not support a bad, telling MPs the tycoon would “unite us all against him” if he visited the UK.
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