Updated: 8:34 PM EST
Over 370,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to be banned from the United Kingdom due to his controversial statements about Muslims in recent days.
Members of Parliament will now have to decide whether they wish to debate a motion relating to the aims of the petition, which is titled, “Block Donald J Trump from UK entry”.
“The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry,” The petition reads. “The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron has called Trump’s rhetoric ““divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong” according to TIME.
Meanwhile, Chancellor of the Exchequer (analogous to Treasury Secretary) George Osborne also bashed Trump.
“The best way to defeat nonsense like this is to engage in robust and democratic debate, and to make it clear his views are not welcome,” Osborne said of Trump according to the Guardian.
“If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful,” the petition reads.
It is unclear whether Trump could be in any danger of actually being banned from the country.
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