Donald Trump Ban on UK Still Being Debated
Jan 19, 2016 07:23 AM EST
The business tycoon and Rebuplican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, was pummeled and denounced during a debate in the British parliament.
Because of Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, the candidate received backlash in a form of a petition signed by 575,000 people. The petition aims to ban Donald Trump from the UK, stating that the presidential candidate is using "hate speech" for his call to ban Muslims, reports CNN.
A parliament is one of the most important dialogues of the British government that allows the politicians to discuss, debate and vote on issues, allowing the nation to "let off steam." Members of the parliament had strong speeches supporting the ban on Trump, and some were harsher than others.
Jack Dromey, Labour Home Office minister, said that the candidate would spark up extremism if he sets foot in the UK.
"Isis needs Donald Trump and Donald Trump need Isis," said Dromey in his speech in favor of the ban, as reported by The Guardian.
However, most members of the parliament believe that Trump's ban would be counter-productive. There were several strong speeches that suggest that the government should be opposed to a ban. To strengthen this point, James Brokenshire, Home Office Minister, mentioned that the United States is the UK's most "important partner."
"It is in the UK's interests that we engage all presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, even though we may disagree profoundly on important issues," said Broekenshire during his speech, as transcribed by The Guardian.
Brokenshire then went on to mention the pros of the debate that occurred in the parliament, as it allowed them members to express themselves with justice.
Where there are clear differences of opinion, the most effective way to influence our American partners is through a frank and open exchange of views, in taking on those arguments. Today's robust debate has, I think, provided a platform to just do that.