If the United Kingdom doesn’t want the Donald, then the Donald doesn’t want the United Kingdom.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is threatening to pull more than $1 billion worth of planned investments into Scottish properties Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen and Trump Turnberrry in South Ayrshire if the British Parliament decides to ban him from entering the country in response to his controversial comments about Muslim immigrants.
Following Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, an online petition urging British lawmakers to bar the billionaire from entering the United Kingdom has collected nearly 600,000 signatures. According to British law, any petition exceeding 100,000 signatures must be considered for debate by Parliament. The issue will be debated on Jan. 18.
The Trump Organization released a statement saying the real estate mogul and golf course developer had planned to invest more than £200 million into Trump Turnberry and £500 million into Trump International Golf Links, but that money would dry up should Parliament decide to take on Trump.
The statement reads:
“Any action to restrict travel would force the Trump Organization to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom.
“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.
“This would also alienate the many millions of United States citizens who wholeheartedly support Mr Trump and have made him the forerunner by far in the 2016 Presidential Election.”