UK petition to halt Trump visit exceeds one million

Over 1 million people have signed a petition urging Britain to withdraw an invitation for U.S President Donald Trump to visit London and dine with Queen Elizabeth.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / CARDIFF, WALES, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS AND BBC) – Over a million people in Britain have signed a petition calling for U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned state visit to be cancelled to avoid embarrassing Queen Elizabeth, in a grassroots backlash against his immigration policies.

The petition was started before British Prime Minister Theresa May extended the invitation for a “State” visit to Trump last week, which means he would come by invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. Trump is set to visit Britain later in the year.

The campaign to prevent the visit gathered momentum after Trump issued a hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.

“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 said.

At 1300GMT on Monday (January 30), more than 1.2 million people had signed a petition.

Once a petition passes 100,000 signatures, lawmakers must consider the petition for debate.