London [UK]: Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn has warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that she will be failing the country if she does not cancel American President Donald Trump’s state visit in the wake of his ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the U.S.
Corbyn said that the summer visit should be called off if Trump’s indefinite ban on Syrian refugees remains in place, even if time-limited restrictions put in place have lapsed by then, reports the Guardian.
” Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban. Theresa May would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump’s actions in the clearest terms,” he said.
His remarks came as British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, condemned Trump’s policy.
“We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality,” he tweeted.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also called for the state visit to be cancelled.
Trump’s executive order places a 90-day ban on travel to the US for those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, seemingly including those with dual nationality.
Trump has also banned refugees from entering the country for 120 days and those seeking asylum from Syria have been banned indefinitely.
Meanwhile, during a trip to Turkey on Saturday, May declined three times to say she condemned Trump’s executive order.
Amid growing criticism, including from some of her MPs, a spokesman for the PM released a statement shortly after midnight saying she disagreed with the policy. (ANI)