British lawmakers to debate call to bar Trump from country

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LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers will debate a petition that calls for U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from the country — and a rival petition saying he should be allowed in.

More than half a million people signed an online petition calling for Trump to be blocked after he called last month for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Almost 40,000 people backed one saying he should not be barred.

Any U.K. citizen or resident can start a petition on Parliament's website. To sign, people must provide and confirm an email address. Any petition that gets 100,000 signatures must be considered for parliamentary debate.

The House of Commons Petitions Committee said Tuesday both petitions would be debated Jan. 18. Chairwoman Helen Jones said the debate "will allow a range of views to be expressed." Any vote taken will not be binding.