A petition demanding Britain cancel US President Donald Trump’s planned state visit passed one million signatures on Monday.
The petition was started by British lawyer, Graham Guest and had been pretty dormant for a while, but now more than a million people have signed it following outrage over his travel ban on mainly Muslim countries.
The petition on the UK government and Parliament website reads “”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. Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales” .
According to Guest, the petition had earned just 372 signatures since the end of November, however by 10 am on Monday, that number had soared.
State visits are grand occasions requiring an invitation from the Queen herself, and are different from regular visits by heads of state. The Queen usually receives one or two heads of state a year. According to the law, any petition with 100,000 signatures or more automatically qualifies it for consideration to be debated in the UK Parliament. The parliament debate will hold on Tuesday.