LONDON (REUTERS, AFP) - A petition demanding Britain cancel a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump passed one million signatures on Monday (Jan 30), following outrage over his travel ban on mainly Muslim countries.
The petition was started before British Prime Minister Theresa May extended the invitation for a "State" visit to Trump last Friday, which means he would come by invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. Trump is set to visit to Britain later in the year.
But the campaign to prevent the visit to Britain gathered momentum after Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.
So far, the petition has garnered 1,038,845 signatures and that number was climbing.
"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.
“Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales,” it adds. "Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit."
Once a petition passes 100,000 signatures, lawmakers must consider the petition for debate.
Lawmakers from the governing Conservative party and opposition Labour party have criticised Trump's move, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying the state visit should be put on hold.