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Over 1 million sign petition to block President Trump’s U.K. state visit
The petition has already been rejected, but now people are signing up to protest the visit in person.
Over a million Britons have signed a petition opposing President Donald Trump‘s state visit to the U.K., following the widespread protests against his travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.
It took less than a day for the petition to receive 1.2 million signatures, ten times the amount required to earn an official response from the U.K. government.
The petition states that the American president should be allowed to visit in his capacity as the head of the U.S. government, but should be blocked from meeting with the Queen. Its message was supported by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who shared the petition on Twitter.
Downing Street rejected the petition Monday morning, with a source telling the BBC that canceling Trump’s state visit would “undo everything” from Prime Minister Theresa May‘s diplomatic meeting with the president last week.
Responding to a question from London Times reporter Henry Zeffman, a Downing Street spokesperson attributed Trump’s state visit to the obscure “Committee for State Visits,” distancing the prime minister from the decision to invite him to the U.K.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor