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U.K. Petition to Stop Donald Trump's State Visit Surpasses 1 Million Signatures
A petition set up on a British government website calling for President Donald Trump to be barred from visiting the country has attracted more than 1 million signatures.
The British parliament considers for debate all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures, a milestone that the state visit petition crossed quickly. As of the weekend, it had attracted more than half a million signatures before crossing the 1 million mark early Monday.
The U.K. population has been estimated at around 65 million.
Trump has drawn criticism in Britain for his ban on refugees and people from select Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Prime Minister Theresa May, during her trip to Washington last week, invited Trump to make a state visit to Britain this year.
The petition on the British parliament's website, entitled "Prevent Donald Trump From Making a State Visit to the United Kingdom," says his "well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received" by either Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Charles. "Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit."
It added: "Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the U.K. in his capacity as head of the U.S. government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen."
The U.K. government has said said its position has not changed. "An invitation has been extended and accepted," a representative said, according to local media reports.
Piers Morgan tweeted Monday: "Britain's thrown state visits for Saudi, UAE & Kuwait in past decade. All of them ban Israelis from entering their country. #Trump."
Protest marches against the travel bans are being organized Monday evening in such Scottish cities as Edinburgh and Glasgow, among others.