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UK Prime Minister Theresa May rejects petition against US President Donald Trump being welcomed to Britain on a State Visit
An widely supported online petition against US President Donald Trump being welcomed to Britain on a State Visit has been formally rejected by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, saying that her government "does not support" the view.

The petition titled 'Prevent Donald Trump from making State Visit to the United Kingdom' had received 1.8 million signatures and was to be debated in the UK Parliament on February 20 as according to a law in UK, any petition that receives more than a million signatures has to be considered for a debate in the House of Commons. But the law does not prevent the British government from taking a stand on the issue in the lead up to that debate.

"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," May's official response read.

"During her visit to the United States on 27 January 2017, the Prime Minister, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, had 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," the response added.

Trump is expected to Visit the United Kingdom later this year in August-September. But his visit has been fraught with controversies. Along with more than a million supporting the petition against him, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow's had also recently said that Trump should be barred from addressing Parliament.

"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," the petition reads.

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