More than 500,000 sign petition opposing Donald Trump state visit to UK
More than half a million people have signed a petition to cancel Donald Trump's state visit to the UK amid a growing backlash against his travel ban on refugees and people from several mainly-Muslim countries.
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The number of signatories soared from only 60 on Saturday afternoon to 500,000 by 6.20pm on Sunday.
Thousands sign Trump petition - should the President come to the UK?
A petition calling for Mr Trump to be prevented from making a state visit to the UK hit 100,000 signatures at about 12.30pm on Sunday � meaning it could now be selected for debate by MPs.
It reached the 100,000 needed to be considered for debate by MPs just after midday.
Numbers then steadily rose throughout the afternoon as the controversial ban continued to spark anger across the world, with the petition averaging more than 1,000 signatures per minute.
The US president accepted an invitation to visit Britain later this year, where he is due to be hosted by the Queen and would be treated to all the pomp and ceremony accorded to a state visit.
The Labour party leader said: Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees' and women's rights.
Theresa May would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump's actions in the clearest terms. That's what Britain expects and deserves.
Source: Al Alam News Network