THERESA MAY has issued a statement in which she says that she “does not agree” with Donald Trump’s refugee-banning executive order.
It was released after the prime minister came under pressure to denounce the president’s order, which paralysed the US refugee programme and banned nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days.
“Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government,” the spokesman said.
“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.
We are studying this new executive order to see what it means and what the legal effects are, and in particular what the consequences are for UK nationals. If there is any impact on UK nationals then clearly we will make representations to the US government about that.”
The ban has caused widespread travel chaos, leading a federal judge to grant a stay on deportations for individuals who arrived to the US with valid visas but are currently being held in airports.
Thousands of people have been protesting the ban at airports across the US.