Donald Trump is a love-him-or-hate-him kind of guy. Opinions on the controversial GOP presidential front runner sway strongly to one side or the other, but not many fall in the middle.
In fact, citizens of the United Kingdom have prepared a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the country following his suggestion to ban all Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
According to Politico, any petition containing 100,000 signatures qualifies for discussion in Parliament. The document calling for the ban of Donald Trump sports a whopping 565,000 signatures. This topic is up for discussion on January 18, but will not be put to a vote.
It would be a mistake to believe, however, that the vast majority of British people are all on board with the move to ban Donald Trump from their country. Another petition, already 40,000 signatures strong, is disputing the ban on Donald Trump. It appears this petition will be debated in Parliament, as well.
Trump’s UK Ban To Be Debated In Parliament https://t.co/DdMG3K0Icf
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 6, 2016
News on the U.K. ban has been circulating for a while now, and Donald Trump has finally addressed the issue in his typical no-nonsense manner. Don’t push The Donald unless you want to be shoved back — and hard!
The Washington Times reports that Donald Trump has countered the petition with a threat of his own. Go ahead and keep Trump from entering the United Kingdom, and he would have no choice but to end his business dealings within that country.
Specifically, planned investments for two of the Trump golf courses in Scotland, totaling $1 billion dollars, will immediately be abandoned. The Trump Organization released a scathing statement addressing the issue.
“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 create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment. This would also 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 discuss these tough issues openly and honestly.”
The United Kingdom not only stands to lose substantial income by banning Donald Trump from their land, but in the event he wins the presidential election, such an action would also cause great animosity between the two countries.
According to the Telegraph, a British publication, the prime minister is not on board with barring entry to Trump. Rather, he should be allowed within their walls so citizens can make their opinions known.
However, Muslim Labour MP Tulip Siddiq strongly disagrees with that approach.
“The United Kingdom should not be held to ransom by corrosive billionaire politicians. In our country, money doesn’t buy the right to sew discord and hatred in our communities.
“Donald Trump’s threats about withholding investment from the UK is another desperate attempt to get in the headlines and anyone seeing his comments should reject his bigotry.”
Do you think Donald Trump should be banned from the United Kingdom? How do you think a ban would impact our country if Donald Trump becomes the next president?
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