An anti-racism protest against President-elect Donald Trump winning the American election, outside the U.S. embassy in London
Donald Trump’s state visit this summer has understandably divided opinion in the UK, and angered many. So much so, that more than 1.8m people have signed a petition demanding that the Government cancel it, on the grounds that “it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen”. A rival petition saying Mr Trump should come has just over 300,000 signatures.
If more than 100,000 people sign a petition, then it has to be debated in Parliament. This means our MPs will get a second chance to make their views clear on Mr Trump, after a similar petition demanding he be banned from Britain gained almost 600,000 signatures in January 2016.
The debate can also have a long-term impact too. With protests in Westminster also planned to coincide with the debate, it should help keep the anti-Trump momentum going, and help further solidify UK opposition to the US President.