London (dpa) – Britain’s parliament will hold a debate in three
weeks’ time on a public petition signed by more than 1.7 million
people opposing a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump.
The debate will take place on February 20, parliament announced on
Tuesday. The petitioners say Trump’s visit should be downgraded from
an official state visit, which involves a red-carpet reception by
Queen Elizabeth II.
The petition to parliament said a state visit would “cause
embarrassment” to the queen because of Trump’s “well-documented
misogyny and vulgarity.”
Petitions that garner more than 100,000 signatures must be
considered for debate in parliament.
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that Trump
should visit Britain as planned.
“An invitation has been extended and accepted,” May’s office said
in a statement, without specifying a date for the visit.
Speaking in parliament on Monday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
said Trump’s entry ban on citizens of seven Muslim nations was a
“highly controversial” policy that his government opposed, but he
said Britain’s alliance with the United States was of “vital
importance” and that Trump “should be accorded the honour of a state
Trump has been widely criticized in Britain and other countries for
his order on Friday to ban citizens of Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Somalia,
Libya and Sudan for 90 days and to ban admission of Syrian nationals
During May’s meeting with Trump in Washington on Friday, in the
first visit by a foreign leader, the US president accepted an
invitation conveyed from the queen for a state visit to Britain later
PHOTO: In this Jan. 21, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. No one knows how seriously to take Trump’s threat to seize Iraq’s oil. Doing so would involve extraordinary costs and risk confrontation with America’s best ground partner against the Islamic State, but the president told the CIA: “Maybe you’ll have another chance.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)