Theresa May has been accused of not condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, when she was asked about it during Prime Minister’s Questions.
The Scottish National Party’s Tommy Sheppard probed May on what action she would take should Trump – who called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” – stay true to his word and implement the discriminatory law.
“Many people in this country visit the United States every year to study, on business or simply to enjoy one of the greatest countries on earth,” the MP for Edinburgh East said.
“Can I ask what action she will take if the new president-elect carries through on his campaign promise to discriminate against our citizens on the basis of their religion?
“And will she give a commitment that the special relationship she believes her Government has with the US Presidency will be conducted on the basis of respect for the dignity of all our citizens, irrespective of their race or religion?”
I asked May what action she’d take if Trump discriminates against our citizens. Outrageous response – basically ‘it’s up to the US’ pic.twitter.com/QVJe8gFIgk
— Tommy Sheppard MP (@TommySheppard) November 16, 2016
Many people praised Sheppard for asking a question much of the nation were thinking, yet were less than impressed with May’s response.
The Prime Minister signalled that the “special relationship” between the US and the UK was one of her top priorities, but failed to address Trump’s controversial claims of banning Muslims, simply stating it was the president-elect’s prerogative to pass any laws regarding his country’s borders.