Trump’s forthcoming state visit to the UK is dividing feelings and I give my argument as to why this visit now absolutely must go ahead.
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US President Donald Trump is scheduled to make a full state visit to United Kingdom, at the request of HM Queen Elizabeth II, most likely in the second half of 2017.
As a result of this, alongside a British public generally sceptical as to his demeanour as a statesman, character attributes and policy decisions, a petition has been launched on the government’s website asking Prime Minister Theresa May to have the visit cancelled.
This petition has gained a very impressive 1.8 million signatures over the last few days with some claiming this shows a groundswell of public opinion against the visit (perhaps somewhat clouded now by a YouGov poll, linked below, which shows that most people support the visit going ahead). However, I want to suggest in this video that withdrawing such a state visit is both unwarranted (however you feel about Trump) and politically foolhardy.
The petition “Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom. ”
The counter petition (WHICH I HAVE SIGNED) “Donald Trump should make a State Visit to the United Kingdom. ”
The BBC article
The Freethoughtreport country index, cited for several sovereign states in this video:
A BBC article on why we have state visits:
And finally the YouGov poll showing that the majority of people in the UK believe the state visit should go ahead, despite the strength of feeling in the initial petition.
“More Britons are in favour of a Donald Trump state visit to the UK than are against it, poll shows”