Donald Trump Ban to Be Debated by UK Parliament
Is Trump 'non-conducive to the public good?'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2016 5:01 PM CST
The British Parliament announced Tuesday it will debate a popular petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Mark your calendars: On Jan. 18, the UK will officially decide whether it—as a country—is a loser. That's when Parliament is officially scheduled to debate an immensely popular petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the country, Time reports. According to the BBC, the petition—created after Trump called for banning Muslims from entering the US—garnered more than 560,000 signatures. By law, any petition that gets 100,000 signatures has to at least be considered for debate by Parliament. “However the debate goes, this exercise has brought many people together to speak out against hate speech and prejudice,” Time quotes a statement from the petition's creator. “That is my reward, and one I’m very happy and moved by.”

The banning of Donald Trump will be debated in Parliament's "secondary debating chamber" and will not be followed by an actual vote, the BBC reports. "As with any decision to schedule a petition for debate, it simply means that the committee has decided that the subject should be debated." one minister says. Ministers will also be debating a second petition calling on Trump not to be banned. The rival petition received fewer than 40,000 signatures. According to the Guardian, the British government has indicated it has no plans to actually ban Trump from the country, despite Prime Minister David Cameron calling Trump's comments on Muslims "divisive, stupid, and wrong." Time reports the UK is allowed to ban people from entering the country if they are deemed “non-conducive to the public good.”
 

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