Over half a million people sign petition against Donald Trump's entry to the UK; yet 1 in 3 agree with him.
Over half a million people have signed a petition to block Donald Trump's entry to the UK, but he'll still be allowed in...for now.
The Government responded to the petition saying that it is not in a position of "routinely commenting on individual immigration or exclusion cases" which already sounds like an early cop-out. That said, Home Secretary Teresa May does have the power to block his entry to the UK if she feels he's a threat to the public...but it's a political minefield and could take years to apply.
The petition was raised as a result of public anger from Briton's that Donald Trump made during his 2016 Election campaign, which included a proposal to halt the immigration of Muslims into the United States. The proposal shocked people around the globe as it made news headlines in almost every country.
The subject is now scheduled to be debated in the House of Commons on 18th January 2016.
But should Donald Trump be banned from the UK?
The United Kingdom is a country which has been a leader for promoting the right to free speech. History has shown that even the most xenophobic in the UK are allowed a voice. For example, during the 2010 lead up to the General Election the British people allowed the leader of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin to openly express his thoughts on live television which included such comments as to saying that British people had been "ethnically cleansed from their own country" [by mass immigration] and that the Holocaust was really a "Holohoax".
In addition, the British also allowed the extremist Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to openly preached hate for non-believers of Islam on the streets of London in 2003. It was 9 years before the British extradited him to the US to face various charges and it cost the British taxpayer over £1million (estimated).
Some British people sympathise with Donald Trump
For the majority of British citizens, the idea of banning a person from their county before of their religion is n abhorrent idea. However, there are a certain demographic within the UK who support Trump's ideals.
In fact, one poll by Sky News found that 29% of British people support Donald Trump's call to ban Muslim immigrants and would temporarily ban them entering the UK. This is a statistic which appears to have risen sing the Paris Attacked of November 2015. That's almost 1 in every 3 Britons.
Trump has threatened to pull £700million out of Scotland if he's banned from the UK
Donald Trump's 'Trump Organisation' who owns the Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire as well as Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, have said that it plans to invest more than £200m at Turnberry and a further £500m at the Aberdeenshire course.
However, it also warned that any action to restrict his entry to the UK would result in it "immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom".
£700million is a lot of money to the areas in question but not to the UK economy as a whole. There are an estimated 51 million adults in the UK, so if two thirds of them pay £13.72 each they could cover the £700m and keep Trump out.