Donald Trump travel ban is exactly what Isis want, says Iraq-born MP Nadhim Zahawi

'Donald Trump's travel ban is exactly what terroists want' says MP Nadhim Zahawi

Protests have been taking place against the ban

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Iraq-born Conservative MP who is demanding a Parliament debate on Donald Trump's travel ban says his incendiary travel ban is playing into the hands of terrorist groups such as Islamic State.

Nadhim Zahawi said Mr Trump shouldn't be banned from Britain, but we must have a long and serious discussion about the effect his crackdown on immigrants from Muslim countries is likely to have.

Zahawi and former Labour leader Ed Miliband are calling for an emergency debate among MPs after Mr Trump announced measures to temporarily stop seven people from predominantly Muslim countries entering America, as well as a indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and a suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme.

The ban will prevent Zahawi, the MP for Stratford-on-Avon, from visiting his children who are studying in the US, and told Julia Hartley-Brewer the ban led to a "difficult first 48 hours" for him and his family. He also said he has previously been interviewed by US authorities, which was an "uncomfortable" experience.

Turning to the wider significance of the ban, Zahawi told Julia it was "counter-productive" and plays into the "Daesh [Isis] narrative" because the terrorists can now cite Mr Trump's travel ban as justification for their atrocities.

Although he insisted Prime Minister Theresa May has "made a very clear statement that she doesn’t agree with this policy," Zahawi said MPs must debate the issue because "we must be honest with our special ally and say 'look, you’ve got this wrong.'

"It’s only right that Parliament speaks with one voice to our deepest alliance with the United States."

Listen to the full interview above