After more than 500,000 signed a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the UK, Parliament is now bound to debate such a move. Today the Cameron administration issued a statement which hints at supporting Trump’s banning. Via the Guardian:
The government has responded to a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from coming to Britain by pointing out that it has powers to exclude foreign nationals if their presence is “non-conducive to the public good”.
In what will be seen by some to be a pointed statement, it added 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.
“The home secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right and she will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values.”
The statement also makes it clear that David Cameron “completely disagrees” with Trump’s remarks. The petition was set up in response to Trump’s call for a moratorium on Muslims entering the US.
It’s not yet known when the issue will be raised in Parliament.
RELATED: About 20 Americans are currently banned from entering the UK. Those banned include Shirley Phelps-Roper, Pastor Terry Jones, Pam Geller, Michael Savage, singer Chris Brown, Mike Tyson, and Stormfront founder Don Black. Martha Stewart was banned following her insider trading conviction.