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Donald Trump Petition To Cancel State Visit Is Not The Most Popular Petition - Yet

Calls for a second European Union Referendum is still in first place.

30/01/2017 13:27 GMT | Updated 31/01/2017 08:31 GMT

A petition calling for Donald Trump’s scheduled state visit to be cancelled is the second most popular government petition ever with calls for a second European Union Referendum still in first place.

On Monday morning the anti-Trump petition, which was created after the new president signed an executive order banning Muslim refugees from entering the US, surpassed 1 million signatures.

Downing Street has stood by the invitation, saying it had been “extended and accepted” to the US president and will not be revoked.

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A petition calling for the government to revoke its state visit invitation to Donald Trump is the second most popular

The latest petition is the only one in the list of the top 10 most popular to still be open, with petitions running for six months.

The top 10 petitions are:

  1. EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum

    4,150,260 signatures, now closed

  2. Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom

    1,106,368 signatures

  3. Give the Meningitis B vaccine to ALL children, not just newborn babies.

    823,348 signatures, now closed

  4. Block Donald J Trump from UK entry

    586,930 signatures, now closed

  5. Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated

    463,501 signatures, now closed

  6. Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK.

    450,287 signatures, now closed

  7. Consider a vote of No Confidence in Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

    339,925 signatures, now closed

  8. Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal.

    236,995 signatures, now closed

  9. Stop spending a fixed 0.7 per cent slice of our national wealth on Foreign Aid

    235,979 signatures, now closed

  10. To debate a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary the Right Hon Jeremy Hunt

    231,136 signatures, now closed

There is debate around how much of a difference the Trump petition will make, but in the wake of his executive order, opposition to the ban has dominated headlines. 

A map accompanying the petition shows the areas where the most people have signed.

London constituencies Hornsey and Wood Green, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Hackney South and Shoreditch and Bethnal Green and Bow are among the areas to have the most supporters for the state visit ban.

There is also a large number of people backing the ban in Bristol West, Brighton and Edinburgh North and Leith.

There is noticeably less support for the petition in Northern Ireland and northern Wales.

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This map shows the areas where the most people have signed the petition to ban Trump's visit

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, have called for Trump’s visit to be cancelled and Tory MPs have warned against allowing it to go ahead.

On Sunday Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Trump’s state visit to be scrapped until he ends his ban on refugees.

The Labour leader also tweeted out support for the Trump petition by sharing a link to it with his followers.

Reports on Monday suggested 130,000 of those 1 million signatures were directed from Corbyn’s Facebook page, where he has more than 833,000 supporters.

When a petition reaches more than 100,000 signatures, Parliament considers it for debate.

A statement on the Trump petition reads: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official state visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”

It continues: “Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales.

“Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.”