DIVISIVE: Donald Trump during a campaign speech
British lawmakers are set to debate whether the Republican presidential candidate should be barred from Britain for an alleged “hate speech”.
Labour MP Paul Flynn will lead the debate in Westminster Hall on January 18, after an online petition calling for him to be barred gathered more than 570,000 signatures.
Lawmakers are obliged to consider for debate any official petition that reaches 100,000 signatures, but no vote is taken at the end of the session.
The petition accused Trump of hate speech after his call last month for Muslims to be temporarily denied entry to the United States, following a mass shooting in California by a Muslim couple said to have been radicalised.
Trump, who owns two golf courses in Scotland, has called for a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
He has also in recent months labelled Mexican immigrants rapists and mocked a disabled reporter by mimicking him.
Prime minister David Cameron has condemned Trump’s remarks on Muslims as “divisive, stupid and wrong” but does not support banning him.
Along with the petition to ban Trump, parliament is at the same time expected to debate an opposing petition calling for him not to be barred, which garnered almost 41,000 signatures.
Scotland, where Trump’s mother came from and where he has two golf courses, has distanced itself from the magnate after his comments on Muslims.
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon revoked Trump’s membership of the GlobalScot business network and said he was no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland, and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen revoked an honorary doctorate it gave Trump in 2010.