U.K. law­mak­ers de­bate Trump ban

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

LON­DON — Don­ald Trump doesn’t have many fans in Bri­tain’s Par­lia­ment. But a de­bate among law­mak­ers on calls to ban Trump from the coun­try re­vealed lit­tle ap­petite to close Bri­tain’s doors to the provoca­tive Repub­li­can U.S. pres­i­den­tial con­tender. Dur­ing a three-hour de­bate Mon­day, leg­is­la­tors from Bri­tain’s main par­ties stood to call Trump an at­ten­tion-seeker, a dem­a­gogue and a fool. Many, though, ar­gued that he should not be sti­fled or banned. “While I think this man is crazy, while I think this man has no valid points to make, I will not be the one to si­lence his voice,” said Con­ser­va­tive law­maker Tom Tu­gend­hat. Par­lia­ment took up the topic af­ter half a mil­lion peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for Trump to be ex­cluded over his call for a tem­po­rary ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the United States in the wake of ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence. Trump has also claimed that some ar­eas of Bri­tain are so rad­i­cal­ized that po­lice fear for their lives. Un­der Bri­tish law, any pe­ti­tion sup­ported by 100,000 peo­ple — who must each pro­vide and con­firm an email ad­dress — is con­sid­ered for par­lia­men­tary de­bate. Mon­day’s de­bate was in­tended to air the sub­ject rather than take a vote. Labour Party leg­is­la­tor Paul Flynn, who opened the ses­sion, said Trump had al­ready re­ceived “far too much at­ten­tion.”

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