BREAKING NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Nadhim reacts to travel ban exemption u-turn

Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on-Avon.

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi, who yesterday learned that Donald Trump’s new immigration order would mean he is banned from travelling to the US, has reacted to an announcement this evening that those travelling from Britain are exempt.

The Conservative politician confirmed via Twitter that as both he and his wife were born in Iraq, even though they are British and hold British passports, they will not be permitted entry to the US under controversial new rules.

But in an announcement this evening, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who today held conversations with the US Government, said: “The Presidential executive order only applies to individuals travelling from one of the seven named countries.

“If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth.

“If you are a UK national who happens to be travelling from one of those countries to the US, then the order does not apply to you – even if you were born in one of those countries.
If you are a dual citizen of one of those countries travelling to the US from OUTSIDE those countries then the order does not apply to you.

“The only dual nationals who might have extra checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves – for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US.

“The US has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the expeditious processing of all travellers from the United Kingdom.”

Mr Zahawi, whose reaction made national headlines today, told the Herald exclusively tonight: “I commend the Government and the FCO for working through the day and tonight to seek this very important clarification and assurance for British Citizens. Many Brits will feel better tonight.

But he added: “I still think a policy to exclude genuine refugees fleeing persecution from countries like Syria is a mistaken policy and runs counter to the values and freedoms of a great country like the United States of America.”

An executive order signed by Trump on Friday bans all people from certain terrorism-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days. The text of the order doesn’t name the countries, but a White House official said they are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

The same order also suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated for nationals of countries that Trump’s cabinet believes can be properly vetted.

As outrage over Trump’s action escalates, and amid scenes of chaos at American airports, Prime Minister Theresa May has come under increasing pressure to condemn the new president’s immigration policy.

And, today she ordered her foreign secretary and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, to contact their US counterparts about the travel ban, pressing Mr Trump’s advisers to exempt Britons with dual citizenship from the 90-day ban on visa holders from seven countries.

Earlier Mr Johnson tweeted it was “divisive and wrong” to stigmatise people on the basis of nationality.

Full reaction in Thursday’s Herald.

  • milo

    and we care why?

  • wicked messenger

    The ban appears to apply to those who hold dual citizenship. Mr Zahawi proudly proclaims that he is British…but can he clarify, is he also an Iraqi citizen? And if so, can his constituents be assured that, although he maintains his attachment to a country which is hardly an ally, his allegiance to Britain and his devotion to his (secondary) job as a Westminster MP are 100 per cent?

  • RJH

    There was NO ‘u-turn’. Just people fanning the flames of anti-Trump mania. Trump is doing the exact same thing as Obama has done in the past – a 6 month block and screening on Iraq and 5 other countries, yet no-one turn a hair then. Trump and Brexit have happened. Better get used to it kids.

    • sportfirst

      For someone constantly saying he is such a brilliant business man the implementation was shambolic. He says that it was a campaign pledge in which case he should have been fully prepared but he seemed more interested in publicity. Hopefully Brexit won’t be so disorganised.

  • Scott Jessop

    What a hypocrite. He will say and do anything to further his career. He is using our town as a stepping stone and he should be ashamed of himself. Any chance for a photo op. or to get in the news, he jumps at it.

    Either he knew about the theft of money to heat his stables OR he is not fit for office as he can not do basic accounts.

    Fox furs on his bed when selling his million pound mansion? Ugh. Is there no end to this mans vile behaviour?

    He has the ethics of a wasp and the moral fibre of a snake.

    He should resign.

    • old_moaning

      ….Got to admit he is rather good at it though isn’t he?

    • richard

      The man is a pure hypocrite. When I took him to task about his heating expenses and called him a liar he threatened to sue me.

      Later in the village pub he sent his party faithful locals over to explain to me that that “admin error ” was made by an unpaid inexperienced intern fouling up his expenses.

      He claims £150k per year in staffing expenses.go figure.

      • wicked messenger

        This is interesting…an MP threatens legal action against one of his constituents for voicing concerns about a matter which is already in the public domain? May I ask, did this exchange take place face-to-face, or is it in writing?

        • richard

          Sorry late reply. It was face to face at his “hustings” or safe seat publicity tour more like.

  • richard

    NZ is a pure hypocrite.

    Always there for a photo opp and to run his mouth about Brexit or “injustice” in this case.

    It’s pure self interest as the man is widely involved in oil dealings as CSO of an oil firm.

    He’s had FIVE visits since 2010 to Kurdistan “representing” UK interest apparently , though sponsored by Gulf Keystone before he worked for them….

    He stands to make huge dividends when sold.

    His only concern about the US ban affecting him is that he won’t be able to travel there and tout around this company for sale which is one of his tasks for which he is paid £20k per month.

    As long as the ban is lifted for “persons of note” like himself he doesn’t care about UK citizen plebs also affected.

    It’s sheer self-interest . The man is arrogant and a buffoon, and has no interest in Stratford on Avon or it’s people at all.