Could Donald Trump be banned from entering Britain? Officials saying "no" despite a growing number of calls from critics unhappy at his plan to keep Muslims from entering the U.S.

FOX News' Simon Owen explains from London:

If a petition attracts 100,000 signatures here in the UK, the British Parliament has to consider holding a debate...

And that's what's happened with a campaign to bar Donald Trump from entering the country, set up by Suzanne Kelly...

(Kelly) "It's sending a pretty clear message that people over here are fed up with his rhetoric of hate."

However, when challenged in Parliament to back a ban, British Finance Minister George Osborne saying...

(Osborne) "The best way to confront the views of someone like Donald Trump is to engage in a robust democratic argument with him."

The government will at least have to supply a written response.

In London, Simon Owen, FOX News.