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United Kingdom rebuffs calls to cancel Trump visit

United Kingdom rebuffs calls to cancel Trump visit

But after the prime minister flew back to a political storm in London late Saturday, coming under fire from within her own party, her spokesman said Britain disagrees with Trump's ban.

Almost 1.7 million people have now added their signatures to the petition, which says such a visit would "cause embarrassment" to the Queen. "The USA is one of this country's closest allies, and we look forward to hosting the President later this year", Downing Street said.

A petition on the British parliament's website seeking to prevent US President Donald Trump from making a state visit here garnered over 1 million signatories by Monday morning, reflecting growing resentment in the country over his recent immigration-related orders.

A Sunday statement by Britain's Foreign Office said the controversial ban would not affect British citizens when travelling to the US but added that "the only dual nationals who might have extra checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves - for example a U.K. -Libya dual national coming from Libya to the U.S".

A rival petition, supporting the state visit plan, had attracted 120,678 signatures, including 227 and 265 from the two constituencies respectively. The opposition Labour called the rejection an "appeasement" of the US.

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Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said the visit could not go ahead "while a cruel and divisive policy which discriminates against citizens of the host nation is in place".

"All British passport holders remain welcome to travel to the US".

Britain's disapproval sharpened Sunday when Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a tweet: "Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality". "We have received assurances from the United States embassy that this executive order will make no difference to any British passport holder, irrespective of their country of birth or whether they hold another passport".