Two months ago, a petition was started to ban Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom. The petition started in response to Trump's call to ban Muslims from the United States. The U.K. has, in the past, banned over 100 people for unacceptable behavior, including advocating hatred. The petition currently stands at nearly 600,000 signatures. Reportedly, all petitions that achieve over 100,000 signatures are considered for debate and are almost always deliberated.
Prior to the petition, it appeared that Trump had upset many people with what he has been saying publicly; he claimed that in London, certain areas are so radicalized that the police are scared to enter. Prime Minister David Cameron responded by saying that Trump’s comments were "divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong," while London Mayor Boris Johnson said that they are "complete and utter nonsense," adding that "the only reason I wouldn't visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."
On Monday, January 18, a debate was held to consider whether or not Trump would be banned from entering the United Kingdom. However, according to Parliament Member (PM) Paul Flynn, barring Trump from the U.K. runs the risk of being seen as anti-American, regardless of his call to ban Muslims being "extremely dangerous." With Trump's approval rating higher than all other republican candidates, this is not something that Parliament wants to risk. MP Andrew Murrison said Trump is a "ridiculous" figure, although to ban someone who has the chance of possibly becoming U.S. President could be interpreted as an "almighty snub" to the States. This choice for the U.K. had potential to create tensions with an ally, so rather than run the risk, they remained neutral and did not move forward with the ban.