Trump's latest executive order, banning all refugees from the USA and banning anyone from a series of Muslim majority countries- or with a claim for duel nationality including one of a series of Muslim majority countries- from visiting the USA, is frankly shocking. British politics has reacted.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said that “The United States is responsible for the United States’ policy on refugees” at the third time she was asked at a press conference yesterday. Later in the evening, she released a statement claiming she does 'not agree' with the ban.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, said that Theresa May would be "failing the British people" if she allows Donald Trump to come to the UK on a state visit.
He said in a statement: "Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees' and women's rights.
"Theresa May would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump's actions in the clearest terms. That's what Britain expects and deserves."
Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, echoed Corbyn's called to cancel Trump's state visit to the UK, saying that 'Theresa May said that Donald Trump’s ban on people from Muslim countries was purely a matter for America. We now learn that the State Department apparently advises that the visa ban also applies to people with dual nationality, which will include Britons.
“Even allowing for her cosying up to Donald Trump, it would be a gross abdication of her responsibilities to all British citizens if she doesn’t take this up with her new best friend now, making clear that anyone with a British passport and a visa should be allowed safe passage.
“She must also order the Foreign Office to deliver urgently tonight advice to British citizens travelling to the United States on whether they should continue to travel.”
Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson tweeted this:
We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that the travel ban ‘flies in the face of the values of freedom and tolerance’, and is 'shameful and cruel'.
Nigel Farage claimed that Trump had a 'democratic mandate' in a BBC interview, saying that, despite the fact there were no cases of refugees committing terror offences in the US, 'why would you want to add to your problem?' Farage has failed to win election to parliament nine times, and seems to struggle with the concepts of democracy and fact.
European leaders have hit out at Trump's ban, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying that the threat of terrorism "does not justify putting people from specific background or faiths under general suspicion", French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that "The reception of refugees fleeing the war, fleeing oppression, is part of our duties," and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that "the decision is .. bad for Europe, because it's going to strengthen even further the mistrust and hatred towards the West in the heart of the Muslim world".