The British government is considering ‘excluding’ Donald Trump from entering the country. The announcement came in response to a recent petition signed by 565,000 citizens calling for a Trump ban.
The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that she “may exclude” those who are not “conducive to the public good”.
A statement from the Home Office declared that “The Home Secretary may exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conducive to the public good.”
“Exclusion powers are very serious and are not used lightly. The Home Secretary will use these powers when justified and based on all available evidence.” The statement explained, adding that visiting the UK is a privilege and not a right.
The petition against Trump reached the threshold of 100,000 signatures, meaning it is eligible to be discussed in Parliament.
The petition called for banning Trump from UK shores after he advocated stemming the influx of refugees into the US, following the Paris terror attacks.
The UK home office described Trump’s comments as “divisive, unhelpful and wrong”.
“The Prime Minister has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Trump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.” the statement reads.
“The Government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them.” it continues.
“We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect.” it concludes.
Trump has dismissed the petition, stating “You know what 500,000 is? I have 10 million. Much more. Between Facebook and Twitter I have much more than 10 million. I could get 500,000 with one click.”