Donald Trump has reacted to the UK parliament's decision to debate whether to ban him from the country by threatening to withdraw £700 million of investment in Scotland.
On Tuesday, the UK parliament confirmed it will debate whether the tycoon should be banned from the country following a petition signed 570,000 times which demanded that action be taken against him after he called for "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US.
The debate in Westminster Hall is scheduled to be held on 18 January.
Responding to the news, the potential Republican nominee for president said if any kind of travel restrictions are placed on him by the UK government, he will bring an "immediate end" to £200 million of investment in his Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire and a further £500 million in the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire.
A statement from the Trump Organization said any travel restrictions placed on Trump would set a "dangerous precedent" for curbs on free speech.
Over the coming years, we intend to further develop Trump Turnberry and invest millions more at the site, creating sustained economic growth for South Ayrshire and Scotland.
Additionally, we have plans to invest £500m towards further development at the 1,400-acre Trump International Golf Links. 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.
Many people now agree with Mr Trump that there is a serious problem that must be resolved. This can only be achieved if we are willing discuss these tough issues openly and honestly.
David Cameron previously said Trump's comments about Muslims were "divisive, stupid, and wrong", but added that he does not want to ban the tycoon and presidential hopeful from the country.
The woman who started the petition against Trump, Suzanne Kelly, has accused him of attempting to "blackmail" Scotland.
"Donald Trump is a man that knows the cost of everything – well, a hugely inflated cost of everything – and the value of nothing," Kelly said, according to the BBC.
"He's threatening Scotland once again, as he did over the offshore wind farms, that if he is barred from entering the UK, he'll pull out of his Scottish golf courses. The irony of a man who wants to ban Muslims from entering the US throwing a temper tantrum over being similarly banned himself is apparent to everyone except the tycoon himself."
She added: "If our electors value money more than the rights of Muslims – and everyone else he has denigrated – then we may need new electors. Some might consider this to be blackmail on his part – and as such there's more than a little deja vu about it."
Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.
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