Nigel Farage blasts UK Government for downgrading Donald Trump state visit

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The visit would reportedly form part of a tour of several different countries and would not include the extravagant celebrations which are attached to state visits.

Theresa May's official spokesman said it remained the government's intention that Mr Trump will have a state visit.

"Whether you like Trump or you don't like Trump, he's the most powerful man in the world".

The US president will make a political rather than state visit early in the year in a move created to neutralise opposition, according to the Evening Standard. Trump is coming for a "working visit", which I assume is a code that means the President will be spending his time in the United Kingdom playing golf at the resort his company owns in Scotland.

A source close to Sadiq Khan confirmed to HuffPost UK that the Mayor of London, who led criticism of the State Visit invitation, "would not object" to a working visit.

MPs, celebrities and trade unionists formed a "Stop Trump Coalition" vowing "one of the biggest demonstrations in British history to make very clear... that this is not in our name".

However a White House spokesperson denied the topic had been discussed.

The newspaper said its view was that "any U.S. president is welcome in London".

When Downing St is pressed to expand on plans for the state visit, it repeatedly responds "we extended an invitation that was accepted but no date has been set". But if a meeting with the Queen is the only card Theresa May has to play when trading with Trump, we are in for a long Brexit winter.

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