Trump's UK Visit May Be Moved From London to Birmingham

By Gizmodo UK on at

Ah, the West Midlands. Home to many things: canals, the Black Country, a bull made entirely of jelly beans. It's also a Brexit stronghold, with some of the highest percentages of Leave voters in the whole of the UK.

And that's where we might have to send President Trump when (if) he comes to visit, according to the Telegraph.

After a petition to stop Trump's state visit received 1.8 million signatures (because it would "cause embarrassment" to the Queen, apparently) and several massive protests took place all over the UK's biggest cities, it's safe to say that the visit is a controversial one. Nevertheless, the organisation efforts continue, and one of the reasons it may be moved to Birmingham is that the location is easier to police.

If Trump comes to Birmingham, he will apparently also hold a rally to celebrate US-UK relations, potentially at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. The Telegraph quotes a source close to the President as saying there would be 85,000 people attending, presumably from the UK.

However, there are already efforts to continue to protest President Trump's visit. A coalition of 28 left-wing groups is meeting with Labour Party representatives to co-ordinate their opposition, and the Stand Up To Trump movement is expecting the next protest to be around the size of the 300,000 people who turned up to oppose George W Bush's visit to the UK in 2003.