By Christian Smith
British Members of Parliament will debate the US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK today.
A petition created by a lawyer, Graham Guest called for the visit to be cancelled due to President Trump’s recent clampdown on immigrants in the US gained 1,858,867 signatures.
An alternative petition calling for the 70-year-old to visit only managed to attract a few thousand signatures.
Last month, the 45th President of the United States, signed an executive order which bans immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 120 days.
The UK Government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures. Mr Guest’s petition has gone over the requirement, as such, members of parliament will discuss the debate tomorrow.
The Speaker of the House of Commons said he was “strongly opposed” to President Trump’s speaking at Westminster Hall. He said such opportunity was not “an automatic right” but, “it is an earned honour”
Government officials say the visit will still go ahead, despite protests from UK citizens.
“HM Government recognises the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition.”
MPs will debate the state visit this afternoon at 16:30 GMT. It can be viewed online at http://parliamentlive.tv/Commons
The House of Lord will also debate the Brexit plans today. The bill was passed through the House of Commons on Wednesday, 8, February.
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, plans to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. She has warned peers who would debate shortly not to delay the process.