1.3M Argue Trump's Visit to UK Will Embarrass the Queen
President's travel ban has sparked outrage in Britain
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2017 10:03 AM CST
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a news conference with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Friday.   (Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – A state visit to Britain by President Trump later this year will go ahead, the prime minister's office said Monday, despite increasing calls for it to be canceled over his temporary ban on residents of seven majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the US, the AP reports. Furor over the travel ban has tarnished what British officials had considered a highly successful trip to Washington by Prime Minister Theresa May. She met Trump at the White House on Friday and announced he'd been invited to come to Britain later this year as Queen Elizabeth II's guest. Only hours after she'd left the White House, the president signed his executive order. May's Downing St. office said Monday "an invitation has been extended and accepted," and the visit is still on.

No date has been announced for the state visit, which involves lavish pomp and ceremony, generally with a stay at Buckingham Palace. Britain's three biggest opposition parties have called for the visit's cancellation, and an online petition opposing it currently has 1.3 million signatures. Per the Telegraph, it's now the second-most popular petition on the government's website, behind the 4 million people asking for a 2nd EU referendum. The petition argues "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." Any petition with more than 100,000 signatures must be considered for a debate in Parliament, though not a binding vote. Protests against the ban are planned Monday in London.

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