Donald Trump UK visit to be debated by British parliament

  • 01/02/2017
London protest against Donald Trump
A sign at a London protest against Donald Trump making a state visit to Britain (Getty)

British lawmakers will hold a debate on February 20 on a petition signed by more than 1.6 million people calling for a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump to be cancelled to avoid embarrassing Queen Elizabeth.

The debate was called by the Petitions Committee of the lower house of parliament.

On the same day, lawmakers will also debate a second petition calling for the state visit to go ahead, which has been signed by more than 100,000 people.

The British government responds to all petitions that gain more than 10,000 signatures and topics are considered for parliamentary debate if they reach 100,000.

Britons betting Trump won't last a year in office

Bookmaker Ladbrokes is offering odds of 4/1 on the real-estate tycoon being replaced as president of the United States in 2017.

"It's incredible how many people are betting, taking the 4/1 about him being replaced this year, and even the 11/10 on him being impeached or even resigning in the first term," said Matthew Shaddick, head of political odds at Ladbrokes.

He said several hundred punters had laid bets, typically worth about £25 (NZ$43) each.

Among a blackboard of Trump Specials on offer at a Ladbrokes shop on London's Strand were a 4/1 wager on the former reality TV star serving a full two terms in office, as well as 5/2 odds on Mr Trump's planned state visit to Britain being cancelled.