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British lawmakers will soon debate whether to ban Donald Trump from the U.K.

British lawmakers will soon debate whether to ban Donald Trump from the U.K.

Via The Washington Post

British lawmakers have scheduled a debate for later this month on whether to ban Donald Trump from entering their country.

The decision comes after more than 560,000 people signed a petitioncalling for such a ban — well over the 100,000 legally required to prompt a parliamentary debate. A separate petition opposed to banning Trump generated nearly 40,000 signatures.

The debate will be held Jan. 18 and can be watched online.

House of Commons Petitions Committee Chairwoman Helen Jones said that the debate “will allow a range of views to be expressed,” according to the Associated Press. Any conclusion reached by the lawmakers will not be binding, the wire service reported.

The petition to ban Trump was launched after the American billionaire and leading Republican presidential candidate issued a series of controversial comments about Muslims. Trump's comments — particularly his suggestion that some areas of London are so full of radical Muslims that police are too scared to go there — have earned rebuke from a number of prominent Britons.

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