It has been has confirmed that MPs will be given a chance to debate whether to ban Donald Trump from the UK.
The confirmation of the parliamentary debate came after almost 570,000 people signed an official online petition calling for Trump to be kept out of the country.
However, a less popular petition which urges politicians not to ban Trump will also be included in the debate, to ensure balance.
The government's Petitions Committee confirmed that a debate on the two petitions will take place in Westminster Hall on 18 January at 4:30pm, and will be chaired by Paul Flynn, the long-serving Labour MP for Newport West.
The chair of the Petitions Committee, Helen Jones MP, said: "By scheduling a debate on these petitions, the Committee is not expressing a view on whether or not the Government should exclude Donald Trump from the UK."
"As with any decision to schedule a petition for debate, it simply means that the Committee has decided that the subject should be debated."
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
"A debate will allow a range of views to be expressed."
The anti-Trump petition surged in popularity after the Republican frontrunner in the race for the US presidential nomination called for a "complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the United States.
Other controversies over allegedly racist and sexist comments made by Trump meant that the petition quickly gained 100,000 signatures, the threshold that needs to be passed before the petition is considered for a parliamentary debate, according to the rules of the government's official petitions website.
The rival petition also quickly passed 10,000 signatures, meriting a response from the government, but didn't come close to the 100,000 mark.
Trump responded to the news of the petition's success by saying the signatories were ungrateful, claiming he had "done so much" for the UK and adding: "They don't know what they're getting into."Reuse content