Britain’s parliament will this month debate whether to ban outspoken US politician Donald Trump from entering the country, the legislative body’s petitions committee said on Tuesday.
Almost 570,000 Britons signed an online petition calling for Republican presidential candidate Trump to be barred from Britain for “hate speech” after his controversial comments targeting Muslims, Mexicans and others.
Some 40,000 people have signed an opposing petition calling for him not to be banned, saying comments made on the US election trail do not concern Britain and citing possible complications to future US-British ties.
According to BBC News, Britain’s Parliament’s 11-member petitions committee said both petitions will be debated on January 18th.
British lawmakers are obliged to consider for debate any petition on the government’s official petitions website that reaches 100,000 signatures.