U.K. Parliament Debates Whether to Allow Donald Trump to Enter Country

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Ministers on Monday aired their views on the Republican frontrunner following a petition to block him that attracted more than 500,000 signatures.

Much to the dismay of at least half a million Brits, Donald Trump is still free to enter the U.K.

Members of the British Parliament on Monday debated whether or not to ban the GOP nominee from entering the country, after an online petition — sparked by his call to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. — amassed in excess of 500,000 signatures.

Although there wasn't a vote following the debate, the discussion gave several politicians a chance to air their views on the Republican frontrunner. The comments made by MPs saw Trump described as a "ridiculous xenophobe," a "poisonous, corrosive man" and, simply, a "fool."

However, despite calls by several ministers for Trump to be banned from the U.K. for his alleged "hate crimes," it was also argued that barring him from the country would only offer an advantage "to those that support him" and offer him even more attention. One said that the move would give Trump the "halo of victimhood," while another suggested it would be an "almighty snub" to America.

Although they weren't present at the discussion, both British Prime Minister David Cameron and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn have previously expressed their opposition to barring Trump. Cameron described Trump's comments about Muslims as "divisive, stupid and wrong," but said he wouldn't support any ban, while Corbyn suggested it would be better to engage with the man.

"As you know my wife is Mexican and my constituency is very, very multicultural so what I was going to do was go down to the mosque with him and let him talk to people there," he told the BBC.

Had he been barred from entering the U.K., Trump would have joined a list of American including Mike Tyson, Martha Stewart, Busta Rhymes, Edward Snowden and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.