Carol Monaghan MP responds as 2,500 constituents call for President Trump to be denied state visit

Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan has expressed her support as nearly 2,500 of her constituents have called for President Trump to be prevented from making a state visit to the United Kingdom.

The petition comes as an executive order to halt all refugee admissions to the United States and ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering came into effect, sparking protest and condemnation across the world.

Over 1.3 million people across the UK have signed the petition, including over 17,000 people in Glasgow where two demonstrations will be held this evening.

Commenting, Carol Monaghan MP said:

“Over the weekend a constituent of mine, a specialist vet at Glasgow University, was prevented from flying home from Costa Rica because of the new US travel restrictions on people from certain countries. This is an extremely worrying situation and these restrictions must be lifted immediately.

“The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers; it began with hateful rhetoric such as that which we are currently hearing from President Trump.

“I fully support my constituents – currently approaching 2,500 – who have signed the petition seeking to prevent Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK.

“First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has rightly said that it would be wrong for such a visit to go ahead while bans on refugees and citizens of some countries are in place.

“I am extremely concerned by the misogynistic, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant language coming from Trump.

“The values upon which he has begun his term in office are completely at odds with our own. Scotland is proud to be an open, welcoming and inclusive country and, as it stands, a state visit to the UK is not appropriate.

“The UK Government needs to consider the scale of the public reaction and must consider future UK-US relations.”

You can sign the petition here.

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