UK legal academics urge PM to cancel Donald Trump's state visit

Theresa May has been urged by 250 legal academics to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit and scale back Britain’s support for the US until he reverses his positions on immigration, refugees, torture, climate change and judicial independence.

The letter signed by law scholars from universities such as Cambridge, Kent, Warwick, Birmingham, and a range of institutions in London expresses “collective dismay” at the prime minister’s decision to align the UK government with the Trump administration.

It also warns that May’s strategy of a close relationship with the US president will cause suffering and end badly, given his disregard for the law and discriminatory policies.

They wrote: “The alacrity with which Trump has put in place, by presidential decree, a swathe of openly racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic measures, together with the president’s total disregard for existing US commitments under international law, indicate that the British government’s decision to renew its ‘special relationship’ with the United States at this time can only lead, in the short-term, to further suffering and discrimination.

“We can only hope that this self-serving programme will, in the long-term, set in motion a demand for real change that governments and communities across the world will be forced to answer.”

The letter ends by calling on No 10 “not only to cancel Trump’s invitation to visit the UK but also, and more fundamentally, to withdraw the…

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