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UK passport holders can visit US, minister says

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Boris Johnson


British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he has been assured by American officials that "all British passport holders remain welcome" in the United States, even if they are also nationals of seven countries temporarily barred by President Donald Trump.

Johnson has told lawmakers in the House of Commons that Trump's executive order "will make no difference to any British passport holder, irrespective of their country of birth or whether they hold another passport".

Confusion has reigned about whether dual nationals are affected by the 90-day ban on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Libya.

Johnson said that UK had told the Americans of "our anxiety about measures that discriminate on grounds of nationality." He said that "this is something that we do not support".

Opposition lawmakers are demanding that the government condemn the ban even more strongly and cancel a state visit to Britain by Trump planned for later this year.