The British Parliament is debating withdrawing U.S. President Donald Trump’s State Visit invitation February 20.
The debate started at 11:30 a.m. EST (17:30 local time) and no vote will take place. However, a Parliament minister will offer a response from the government.
Because of a system implemented by the UK, any petition that receives over 100,000 “signatures” must be debated in the House of Commons. Over 1.8 million people ended up signing the petition.
The UK Parliament debates two e-petitions February 20 that argue differing views on whether U.S. President Donald Trump should be allowed to visit the United Kingdom for an official state visit.
Petition 171928 argues that “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.”
Petition 178844 offers a different opinion, saying that “Trump should be invited to make an official State Visit because he is the leader of a free world and the U.K. is a country that supports free speech and does not believe that people that appose our point of view should be gagged.” That petition has over 300,000 signatures.
Trump’s immigration executive orders, which sought to ban immigrant travel from seven Muslim-based countries, received heavy criticism from protesters in the U.K.
In January, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Trump’s eventual visit to Britain will go ahead despite the protests and plans for it to be cancelled.
Trump had already said he has no plans to give a speech in front of the Parliament and people within the administration had said his visit will likely focus on his meeting with the Queen and the Royal family, The Telegraph reported.