Protests across the UK this evening were against President Trump’s crackdown on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and his suspension of the refugee campaign. The protests in London were joined by other demonstrations in other cities around the UK including Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The UK protests were also fuelled by Prime Minister Theresa May’s lackustre response to Presidents Trump crackdown.
In the capital, the protest crowd outside Downing Street stretched all the way down Whitehall, between Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. Early estimates say that over 30 thousand people attended the protest in London alone.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, wrote to the prime minister to urge her to listen to more than a million Britons who had called on her to cancel the state visit, in which Trump could address both houses of parliament. “This world defeated segregation, we defeated apartheid and we will defeat this nasty policy created to sow division and hatred,” he said. “His invite should be withdrawn until the executive orders are gone and every element of them repealed.”
Some shadow cabinet members joined protestors, including Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary.
Earlier, Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, warned MPs not to demonise Trump or compare him to Adolf Hitler in a statement on the escalating row.
Johnson told parliament that British passport holders with dual nationalities would now not be affected by the US travel ban after further conversations with senior figures within the White House.