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UK petition to ban Donald Trump gets more than 300,000 signatures

A petition to ban Donald Trump from the UK has gotten over 300,000 signatures.

The petition first appeared on Parliament’s e-petition website Tuesday afternoon. Under the rules of the website, petitions that get over 100,000 signatures are debated in Parliament and petitions that get over 10,000 receive a response from the government. In the past year the government has responded to 61 petitions and 14 were debated in the House of Commons.

Under UK law, someone can be denied a visa to enter the UK if “it is conducive to the public good not to admit a person to the UK because of their character, conduct or associations.” The petition says that “the UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech” and argues that this ban should extend to Trump. Individuals previously banned include leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church, neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Trump has been staunchly criticized over the past few days after comments he made Monday calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the U.S.

The home affairs spokesman for the Labour party, Jack Dromey, tweeted his support for the petition, and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is also in favor, according to the BBC.

Treasury chief George Osborne said he disagrees with Trump’s comments, but the UK has no current plans to ban him.

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