The petition, which went live last week, gained more than one million signatures in less than 48 hours after it was heavily retweeted on social networking site, Twitter.
Lawyer Graham Guest set up the petition after he heard the news that the US President had signed an executive order temporarily barring people from seven majority-Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — from travelling to the United States.
The petition declares that even though Trump should be allowed to visit the UK freely, he should not have the privilege of meeting the sovereign: ‘he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.’
The petition argues that ‘Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales.’
This is not the first time the President has been the subject of a Parliamentary debate. Back in December 2015, a petition was launched calling for Trump (the then Republican candidate for the US Presidency) to be barred from the UK. At the time, it was the British parliament’s most popular petition to date, having reached over 500,000 signatures.
The petition will be debated in Parliament on February 20, 2017.