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January 19, 2016 4:28 am

British Lawmakers Debate Banning Trump Over Muslim Comments

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Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

Reuters – British lawmakers on Monday debated a petition to ban US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from Britain over remarks on Muslims, but while describing his comments as “crazy” and “offensive”, most said the ban would go against free speech.

Members of parliament said Trump should be allowed into Britain where his views could be challenged, that a ban would give him more publicity or that it was not for Britain to get involved in US affairs.

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  • Sherlock Holmes

    The decision to bar entry is made by the Home Secretary, who is a member of the Cabinet. The House of Commons does not make that decision, and neither does Parliament take sides in American elections. The full quote about Muslims was NOT repeated in most British media, just ‘let’s ban all Muslims from enterring the USA’ forgetting ‘…until we decide how to deal with terrorism. The Commons debate was in response to 500,000 signatures on a petition, to demonstrate that the Commons is responsive to public opinion.

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