UK Prime Minister Theresa May has officially rejected a petition that garnered support against US President Donald Trump being welcomed on a State Visit to Britain, saying that her government doesn't support the view.
The formal rejection comes after the petition ''Prevent Donald Trump from making State Visit to the United Kingdom' became viral and attracted 1.8 million supporters in form of signatures. The huge popularity of the petition led a debate in the parliament scheduled for February 20.
Any petition crossing a million signatures make to the list of debatable topics in the House of Commons, but the British government can take a stand on the issue.
May's official response
Theresa May's official response said the government believes the US President should be given full support on a State Visit.
The response read, "We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised. [Her Majesty's] government recognises the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition."
It further stated, "During her visit to the United States on 27 January 2017, the Prime Minister, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, invited President Trump for a State Visit to the UK later this year. The invitation was accepted. This invitation reflects the importance of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. At this stage, final dates have not yet been agreed for the State Visit."
When is Trump visiting the UK
Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK is expected to be later this year in August-September. The visit has already grabbed the attention, sparking protests and controversies.
The petition filed against preventing Donald Trump from visiting the UK states, "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."