Over a million people have signed a petition that demands President Donald Trump not be allowed to make a state visit to the United Kingdom.
While only 100,000 signatures are required in order for parliament to consider debating an issue, the amount of signatures garnered for this petition far exceeded that in less than 24 hours.
The petition reads:
“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 is a direct response to Mr. Trump’s executive order which bans people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Trump had been invited by Prime Minister Theresa May for a formal state visit during a meeting between the two last Friday.
While May attempted to welcome Mr. Trump, she also failed to condemn his travel ban that many have since termed illegal — including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. May’s refusal to condemn Trump’s actions resulted in criticism from media personalities, politicians, and other citizens across the UK.
May later said in a statement that she did not agree with the ban, though earlier she had said that the issue was simply a “matter for the U.S.” — clearly negating the effect that the ban has on citizens of countries around the globe, including Britain. However, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that he would work to be sure that British nationals were not effected by Mr. Trump’s ban.
As it stands, protests are expected to spring up in cities across the United Kingdom on Monday against the ban. One such protest is said to occur outside the prime minister’s residence at Downing Street.