A committee of the British Parliament debated whether or not to ban Donald Trump from entering the country after over 570,000 people signed a petition requesting the action.
- The Home Office has said Donald Trump must live up to his promise of investing in Britain, after British MPs branded the Republican candidate a ‘buffoon, demagogue and wazzock’.
- The three-hour debate this afternoon was sparked by a petition which gained 570,000 signatures, following Mr Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering America.
- There will be no direct action as a result of the debate and there was no vote on the isssue, but MPs agreed they ‘duly considered’ the petition.
The government responded to the debate:
James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister is responding to the debate on behalf of the government.
He says Trump’s suggestion to ban Muslims ignores the fact Muslims themselves are victims of terrorism.
He said: “We’ve also had comments in relation to Donald Trump’s comments in respect of investment in Scotland- the UK government has never given Mr Trump awards or appointments.
“Mr Trump has threatened to withhold investment in Scotland in response to the calls to ban him from the UK. Over the years Mr Trump has made a number of statements about the different scale of his investment in the UK and his willingness to maintain them.
“The UK is the number one destination in European Union for inward investment, the World Bank has ranked the UK as the sixth easiest place in he world to do business, so any organisation that makes promises about investment in the UK should live up to those promises.”
Echoing David Cameron’s comments earlier, he says Britain must work together to fight radicalisation and calls the county a “successful multi-racial, multi-ethnic” democracy.
He says the US remains our most important bilateral partner and it remains within our interests to engage with all US presidential candidates.
Mr Brokenshire tells MPs the Home Secretary considers a person’s right under article 10 of the European convention on human rights and thier freedom of speech.
But added: “We do not comment on individual matters”, for “sound legal reasons”.
Paul Flynn, who led today’s debate, says he hopes today’s conclusion will enhance our relationship with America.
I have no idea what a “wazzock” is, but I’m sure that Donald Trump is one.