UK Ban Debate set to ban Trump from the UK

Trump has been derisive the world over with his speeches and opinions, and now he could be facing a ban from the UK.

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The UK Parliament is set to debate banning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from the country.

The debate, scheduled for January 18 in Westminster Hall, comes after an online citizen's petition to ban Trump from the United Kingdom gained more than 571,000 signatures, well above the 100,000 threshold required for a measure to be considered for a debate. The petition was filed on December 8.

The petition created by Suzanne Kelly states “The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK.

If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the 'unacceptable behaviour' criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.”

Trump has been derisive the world over with his speeches and opinions.

The petition was filed just after Trump called for a temporary “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.

In light on his potential ban, his  Trump Organization has released a statement specifying its investments and criticizing any possible move to restrict travel.

Trump has investments in the UK, including the Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire as well as Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, and the BBC has reported Trump said he will cancel the $1 billion in planned investments in the two course.

"Any action to restrict travel would force The Trump Organization to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom. Westminster would send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment," the statement said.

The statement also warned the ban would “alienate the many millions of United States citizens who wholeheartedly support Mr. Trump and have made him the forerunner by far in the 2016 presidential election. Many people now agree with Mr. Trump that there is a serious problem that must be resolved. This can only be achieved if we are willing to discuss these tough issues openly and honestly."

UK prime minister, David Cameron, condemned Trump’s anti-Muslim remarks as “divisive, stupid and wrong” but made clear he did not support banning Trump, the BBC reported.

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