Donald Trump threatens to pull £700m investment

January 7, 2016 10:00 pm

MPs will debate later this month whether the controversial presidential hopeful should be refused entry to the . 

Donald Trump speaks during a rally. Photo / AP

Donald Trump threatened to withdraw nearly £700 million of
investment in Britain as he hit back at attempts to ban him from the
country.
The American presidential candidate released a statement
attacking a decision by Parliament to debate whether to keep him out of
Britain after his call for Muslims to be barred from entering the US.
He said any decision to ban him from Britain would “send a terrible
message to the world that the opposes free speech”.
The
Republican presidential contender also threatened to suspend investment
in his Scottish golf and hotel businesses but MPs said this country
should not be “held to ransom by corrosive billionaire politicians”.
Trump
prompted an outcry after his call for a ban on Muslims last month, and
then prompted widespread criticism from British politicians by saying
parts of London were so radicalised they were “no-go areas”.

On Wednesday a Parliamentary committee decided that the
Commons would hold a debate next week on whether to ban Trump from
Britain after receiving an online petition that was signed by more than
500,000 people.
The billionaire responded by warning that he would stop investing in the two Scottish gold courses he owns if he is banned.
His
organisation claimed that he had been planning to invest more than £200
million at Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire and a further £500
million in Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen.
“Westminster
would create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the
world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in
attracting inward investment,” it said in a statement.
“This
would also alienate the many millions of citizens who
wholeheartedly support Mr Trump and have made him the forerunner by far
in the 2016 presidential election.”
Prime Minister David Cameron
has made it clear that he does not support banning Trump from the UK,
saying that he should be allowed to come to Britain so people can debate
his “divisive” comments.
But Tulip Siddiq, a Muslim Labour MP,
said: “The United Kingdom should not be held to ransom by corrosive
billionaire politicians. In our country, money doesn’t buy the right to
sew discord and hatred in our communities.”
Tim Farron, the
Liberal Democrat leader, said the threat showed Trump “to be the party
clown that he is” and added: “I think it is terrible that the party of
Abraham Lincoln is now the party of Donald Trump.”
Ian Blackford,
a Scottish Nationalist who sits on the committee which decided whether a
possible ban should be debated, said: “It is unfortunate that Donald
Trump thinks he can treat Scotland and the people of this country as a
personal play thing.”

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