Donald Trump's UK state visit delayed until next year due to fears of widespread protest

‘An invitation has been extended and accepted’

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 11 July 2017 07:46 BST
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Donald Trump‘s state visit to the UK will take place next year, senior Government sources have told The Independent.

It is also possible the US President may make an unofficial visit before then, possibly to one of his two golf courses in Scotland.

When asked when he plans to come to London at the G20 summit in Hamburg last weekend, Mr Trump said: “We’ll work that out.”

He said he expects a trade deal to be completed with the UK “very, very quickly”.

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Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK appeared to have been axed after officials failed to mention it in the Queen’s speech, but a spokesman for Number 10 told The Independent this was because a date hasn’t yet been chosen.

They said: “An invitation has been extended and accepted.

“The visit wasn’t mentioned in the Queen’s Speech because a date hasn’t been fixed yet.”

Theresa May invited Mr Trump to visit the UK after they were pictured holding hands together at the White House earlier this year.

It appeared to have been pushed back after activists across the UK promised huge protests if the controversial visit went ahead.

A petition calling for the state visit to be cancelled reached 1.85 million signatures.

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