The British Parliament will debate putting a ban on U.S. businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump in response to a petition that surfaced soon after Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. BloombergBusiness reports that the online petition drew more than 570,000 signatures, making it the most popular campaign ever on the parliamentary website.
“On Tuesday, the petition was considered by Parliament’s Petitions Committee, which agreed to hold a debate on the subject Jan. 18. Any petition exceeding 100,000 signatures is eligible for debate,” the story reports. The debate, however, will not lead to a ban, the report notes. Bloomberg explains: “It’s not Parliament’s decision, but the government’s, and lawmakers won’t even vote on the subject; they’ll just ‘consider’ it.”
The report adds: “A second, less popular counter-petition calling for Trump not to be banned on the basis that the U.K. should ‘mind our own business’ will be debated at the same time. That’s garnered fewer than 40,000 signatures.”