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British parliament will debate banning Trump from the U.K.

Donald Trump is used to provoking controversy. But when a western democracy considers banning you from its shores, is it time to rethink your approach to public speaking?

Josh Lowe for Newsweek discusses why the United Kingdom decided to ban Donald Trump from entering the country.

Later in January the British Parliament will debate on whether to prohibit Trump’s visits to the country. This became possible after the petition on Parliament official website gathered more than half a million signatures. By law, the government has to conduct a debate when a petition is confirmed by 100,000 signatories.

Lowe continues: “in December, Trump sparked international outrage after he called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the U.S. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” he said at the time.”

After that he addressed the so-called “Muslim problem” in Britain: in his interview to MSNBC he claimed that people, and police officers in particular, have to demonstrate exquisite levels of smartness and vigilance in order not to be killed in the streets of London and in other radicalized places.

The petition that calls to ban Trump’s presence on the U.K. soil says that he has to be listed among those already outlawed individuals who tend to exercise themselves in hate speech. Moreover, according to the petition, such policy should be applied to anyone who wishes to enter the country.

Lowe provides the examples: ” The right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders, a critic of Islam, was barred from entering the UK in 2009 because authorities thought his presence could threaten public security. In September 2015, American rapper Tyler, the Creator said he had been banned from the country because of allegedly offensive lyrics he had written.”

The parliamentary debate will occur on January, 18. However, the final decision yet remains to be uncovered and the debate itself does not imply immediate authorization of the policy amendment.

“By scheduling a debate on these petitions, the committee is not expressing a view on whether or not the government should exclude Donald Trump from the U.K. As with any decision to schedule a petition for debate, it simply means that the committee has decided that the subject should be debated,” Lowe cites Helen Jones, chair of parliament’s petitions committee.

However, it was reported previously that both British Chancellor and Prime Minister claimed that they do not want to restrain Trump from entering the United Kingdom, regardless of the fact that they did denounce his anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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