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MPs to debate Trump state visit as petition hits 1.6m

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Marchers gathered outside the Scottish Parliament (photo by Terry Murden – DB Media Services)

Thousands gather on streets

MPs will debate US President Donald Trump’s planned state visit on 20 February after a petition was signed by more than 1.6 million people.

It calls for the visit by to be cancelled to avoid embarrassing the Queen.

The debate was called by the Petitions Committee of the House of Commons. On the same day, MPs will debate a second petition calling for the state visit to go ahead, which has gained more than 100,000 signatures.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned that Mr Trump’s ban could be a “propaganda opportunity” and a good recruiting campaign for Islamic State terrorists.

Downing Street said that Prime Minister Theresa May was “very happy” to extend the invitation to Mr Trump on behalf of the Queen.

In an extraordinary few days Mr Trump has sacked the acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to defend new travel restrictions he imposed on citizens of seven nations.

The federal government lawyer had issued an order to the justice department not to enforce the president’s executive order.

As the tensions and language used in the immigrant row escalated the White House said Ms Yates had “betrayed” the department.

Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, replaced her as acting attorney general. He has instructed the department to enforce Mr Trump’s order.

Equity markets fell on Monday and the dollar came under pressure over growing concerns about the impact of President Trump’s immigration policies on global trade.

Investors who had driven up stocks on the back Mr Trump’s growth agenda grew nervous after his executive order on Friday to bar Syrian refugees and suspend travel to the US from six other countries.

Today Wall Street opened around 0.2% lower, with the S&P 500 index set to add to its biggest daily fall in a month on Monday. The FTSE100 closed tonight down 19.33 points at 7,099.15

Thousands of protestors last night swarmed through cities across the UK in sympathy with those in the US demonstrating against Mr Trump’s move.

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Message on the Mile (photo by Terry Murden -DB Media Services)

Marches took place in about 30 locations, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Manchester, London and Sheffield with speakers proclaiming their disgust at Mr Trump’s decision to bar citizens from mainly Muslim countries.

Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Somalia have been targeted by the order, leading to worldwide confusion and distress among those impacted.

Business leaders joined the condemnation, including some of those representing some of the biggest companies in the US.

Hundreds took to the streets (photo by Terry Murden – DB Media Services)

Technology tycoons in Silicon Valley expressed concern that the ban would impact on a sector which attracts huge numbers of immigrants, including thousands from muslim nations.

Google’s Sundar Pichai sent a memo to all employees raising his concerns and revealing that more than 100 Google staff were directly affected.

Within hours,  Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined protesters at the airport. Netflix’s Reed Hastings said the executive order was “so un-American it pains us all”.

Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said the repercussions were “real and upsetting”. Apple chief executive Tim Cook told staff the order was “not a policy we support”.

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Protestors poured down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh (Photo by Terry Murden – DB Media Services)

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I don’t think it’s right to have a ban that is seen to be something approaching a ban on Muslims, a ban on people because of their origin or their faith.”

However, it is understood that if Mr Trump comes to Scotland she will meet him.

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Humour among the hostility (photo by Terry Murden – DB Media Services)

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