An online petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom has received more than 250,000, which is more than enough for lawmakers to debate the issue.
The petition to prohibit the front-running Republican presidential candidate from entering the U.K. was created on the British government’s official petitions website to counter Trump’s call to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. Monday.
The petition, which was created by Suzanne Kelly of Aberdeen, Scotland who has campaigned against Trump in the past, read that the “U.K. has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the U.K.”
“If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as the poor, and the weak as well as powerful,” the petition stated.
Kelly wrote on the Aberdeen Voice website that her latest petition to ban Trump from the U.K. would allow British residents “who want to stand up against hate speech…the opportunity to do so.”
“We are looking at a U.S. Presidential candidate who wants to institute policies which to me are fascim,” she wrote. “People have been barred from the United Kingdom for less.”
By Wednesday night, the petition had more than 250,000 signatures and the number is continuing to climb. Any petition gains more than 100,000 signatures is considered by Parliament’s Petitions Committee, according to CNN, which decides whether it gets sent to lawmakers in Parliament.
Trump explained Monday that he backs “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” He said that the ban was needed to protect the U.S. from extremism, NBC News reported.
The British government can ban anyone considered a threat to national security or public safety or anyone with criminal convictions. Previously, the U.K. has prohibited people such as rapper Tyler the Creator, boxer Mike Tyson, the late Christian fundamentalist Fred Phelps Sr. and radical Muslim preachers.
However, it seemed unlikely that the government of Prime Minister David Cameron would do that, according to NBC. British Finance Minister George Osborne said Wednesday that although Trump had “nonsense views,” it would be wrong to “ban presidential candidates.”
Osborne also said that the “best way to confront the views of someone like Donald Trump is to engage in a robust democratic argument with him about why he is profoundly wrong.”