Wednesday, February 15, 2017

May rejects petition calling for Trump's state visit to be called off

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally rejected a petition Monday signed by nearly 2 million people wanting the cancellation of the proposed state visit to Britain by US President Donald Trump.

The petitioners said a state visit by Trump, which would involve a state banquet, would embarrass Queen Elizabeth.

Officials at Westminster have scheduled a debate about the petition by MPs (members of Parliament) next week when the Houses of Parliament re-open after a recess.

In its official response to the petition, May's government recognized the strong views of those who supported the petition, but added that Trump should be extended the full courtesy of a state visit.

Even if MPs vote in support of the petitioners there is no requirement on May or her government to accept their decision.

In its response, the government says it 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 finalized," said an official statement.

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