Call to ban Trump from UK, MPs to debate petition

Last Updated: January 28, 2016
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MPs debate ban of Trump
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British MPs are to debate a call for the ban of businessman and GOP front runner for the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, from the UK, following two online petitions that attracted thousands of signatures. Many people were angered by the Republican presidential candidate’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States in an attempt to combat extremism. Trump has been noted for his utterances, and verbal wars on social media, debates and rallies, against his opponents from his party and the Democratic party.

Donald Trump legacy precedes him

Trump has stepped on so many toes within and outside the American shore, coming heavily on the ISIS, Iran, President Obama, former president Bill Clinton, not to mention his political rivals. Donald Trump had earlier last year called for temporary and  immediate ban on all Muslims and their families living in the USA, coupled with his proposed ban on internet to curb the activities of ISIS. This call has been criticized by a lot of people, even from his own Republican party, and now attracting the attention of the British MPs.

Can British MPs ban Trump from UK?

British MPs are to debate whether Donald Trump should or should not be banned from the UK, following two online petitions that attracted thousands of signatures. It was gathered that many people were angered by the Republican presidential candidate’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States in an attempt to combat extremism and terrorism. According to the BBC, more than 573,000 have signed the petition calling for Mr Trump to be banned from the UK. MPs will debate the petition, and a counter-petition criticising a ban signed by more than 42,000 people for three hours on Monday, starting at 16.30 GMT.

Trump and his controversial comments 

The UK petition was launched after Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the US until the authorities “can figure out” their attitudes. Trump caused further anger by claiming that areas of London and other parts of the UK have become so radicalised that they have become no-go areas for the police. He claimed that London had become “so radicalised” the city’s police force are “afraid for their own lives” and there are “no-go zones.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined prime minister David Cameron in opposing a ban, telling the BBC that although Mr Trump’s views were “weird and off-the-wall”, he would benefit from seeing first-hand how Muslims were treated in the UK and their contribution to British society.

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