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British parliament to debate petition on Trump state visit

Demonstrators hang a banner that reads "Migrants Welcome Here" from Westminster Bridge during a protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President, in London, Britain, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers will hold a debate on Feb. 20 on a petition signed by more than 1.6 million people calling for a planned state visit by U.S. 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.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper