Petition to ban Donald Trump from UK passes 200,000 signatures

Donald Trump speaking in Washington
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Any petition which receives more than 100,000 signatures is automatically considered for debate by Members of Parliament in The House of Commons.

A petition which calls for a ban on entering the UK for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has received more than 200,000 names, meaning MPs will have to consider debating the issue in Parliament.

The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday (8 December) in response to Mr Trump’s call for a temporary halt on Muslims entering the United States.

Chancellor George Osborne criticised Mr Trump’s comments but rejected calls for him to be banned from the UK while Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has stripped Mr Trump of his status as a business ambassador for Scotland.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said his “recent remarks” showed he was “no longer fit” to be in the role and his membership of the GlobalScot business network has been withdrawn.