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In response to insanely popular petition, British government confirms Trump is "divisive, unhelpful and wrong"

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on January 4, 2016

From The Politics Desk

Last month a new record was sent for the most popular petition ever to be submitted via the UK parliament’s official website.

The petition -- “Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry.” -- attracted over 568,000, beating the previous record holder by over 100,000 signatures.

And now the British government has issued its official response. The TL;DR version: We don’t comment on specific immigration issues but, yeah, that Trump guy is a diiiicccckkk.

Or, in the original British:

The Government has a policy of not routinely commenting on individual immigration or exclusion cases.

For good reasons the Government does not routinely comment on individual immigration and exclusion decisions.

The Home Secretary may exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conducive to the public good.

The Home Secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right and she will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values.

Exclusion powers are very serious and are not used lightly. The Home Secretary will use these powers when justified and based on all available evidence.

The Prime Minister has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Trump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.

The Government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect.

The next step is for the UK’s “Petitions Committee,” comprising 11 MPs, to decide whether to accept the petition for formal debate in Parliament.

The most recent petition to be formally debated in Parliament was on December 7th. Its title: “Don't kill our bees!