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Will Trump & UK's Theresa May see eye to eye?

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Vote to take place on February 20

Trump invited on state visit which would include meeting Queen

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Members of the UK parliament are to hold a debate on President Donald Trump’s controversial state visit.

The debate, which will be held in the House of Commons on February 20, comes after a petition calling for the invite to be scrapped attracted over 1.6 million signatures.

A counter petition, supporting Trump’s visit, will also be discussed, after it gathered the support of more than the required 100,000 signatures required to trigger a debate in Parliament.

Demonstrations took place across the UK Monday with thousands turning out to protest against Trump’s potential visit in which he would be expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

British-born Afghan Maarya, a 21-year old student at Bilkent University in Turkey (right), said she's peacefully demonstrating because "this could happen to anyone."
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British-born Afghan Maarya, a 21-year old student at Bilkent University in Turkey (right), said she's peacefully demonstrating because "this could happen to anyone."

There has been growing anger over Trump’s travel ban which has imposed a 90-day ban people from seven Muslim-majority nations and to restrict the number of refugees who can enter the country.

The executive order was signed just hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May left the White House after becoming the first world leader to hold talks with Trump.

Since then, May has come under fire for her slow response in criticizing the ban and her perceived reluctance to speak out against Trump.

May did eventually comment when one of her spokespeople said “we do not agree with this kind of approach,” adding that immigration was a matter for the US to decide on its own.

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May’s invitation to Trump, which was made during a joint press conference in Washington last week, has caused anger both inside Parliament and with the public.

It has also left Buckingham Palace under the spotlight.

In a letter to Tuesday’s Times newspaper, the respected former head of the Foreign Office, Peter Ricketts, said May had put The Queen in a “very difficult position” and should protect her by downgrading Trump’s invitation to an “official visit”.

Such a trip would be a far quieter affair, involving talks with May and a low-profile call on the monarch.