British Prime Minister Theresa May upset many people by inviting president Donald Trump on a state visit to the UK. Now, the British Parliament will debate on Monday whether the government should rescind its invitation to the erratic President, the Huffington Post reported.
A petition to Parliament calling for the invite to be withdrawn has amassed more than 1.8 million signatures as of Sunday, far surpassing the 100,000 signatures needed to prompt a debate in Parliament.
Citing Trump’s “well documented misogyny and vulgarity.\,” the petition argues that “he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
Officials are also voicing their opposition to Trump’s visit. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “Trump should be denied entry to the UK due to his ban on people from seven Muslim-majorities countries” and his decision to block refugees from entering the United States, according to the report.
Of the 12 U.S. presidents to hold office during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, only two have been received in official state visits: President George W. Bush in 2003 and President Barack Obama in 2011.
As HuffPost notes, “state visits in England are typically multi-day affairs with pomp and ceremony hosted by the Queen. They include a horse-drawn carriage ride to Buckingham Palace accompanied by senior-most regiments of the British Army, gun salutes and a formal banquet at the palace where the visiting official is feted.”
The Prime Minister’s invitation sparked controversy for not only extending the invite to Trump, but also doing it so quickly ― just days after his Jan. 20 inauguration. May was the first foreign leader welcomed to the Trump White House, visiting a week after his inauguration.