Theresa May’s government has given an almighty two fingers to 1.8 million people who signed a petition against Donald Trump’s proposed state visit. And although the petition will still be debated in parliament, her government has made its feelings abundantly clear.
The petition states:
Donald 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.
But the government issued a formal response claiming that it:
recognises the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition.
And it is unequivocal about welcoming Trump to the UK:
HM Government believes the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a State Visit. We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised.
See you on the streets
It perhaps comes as no surprise that the government rejected this petition. But this is just the beginning of what will be massive opposition to the state visit. And Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe expressed concerns about policing potential protests:
We cannot definitely say there’s going to be huge amounts of problems. I think we have got some concerns already.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that the visit might move to Birmingham. The hope is that Trump will garner a warmer welcome in pro-Brexit areas than he would in London.
But wherever he ends up, there’ll be massive protests. People will come out in their thousands to oppose this racist, misogynistic president. And moving it a hundred miles away won’t make a difference.
– Sign the petition here.
– Oppose the state visit wherever and whenever it takes place.
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