Downing Street said Theresa May does “not agree” with Trump’s executive order after the Prime Minister was slammed for her refusal to condemn the policy.
Trump had signed an action barring refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries, leading the White House to deny the ban targets Muslims specifically.
But there were a slew of arrests as thousands of protesters gathered at international airports across the US to protest the executive order.
Donald Trump signed the refugee ban executive order on Friday
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said immigration policy in the US “is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government.
“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.
“We are studying this new executive order to see what it means and what the legal effects are, and in particular what the consequences are for UK nationals.
Theresa May has slammed President Trump over his controversial refugee ban
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We do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking
Downing Street spokesman
“If there is any impact on UK nationals then clearly we will make representations to the US government about that.”
Mrs May dodged questions from journalists during a visit to Turkey after meeting President Trump in a historic Washington visit.
She told reporters: “The United States is responsible for the United States' policy on refugees.
Anti-Trump protesters chanted 'refugees welcome' and 'let them in'
“The United Kingdom is responsible for the United Kingdom's policy on refugees and our policy on refugees is to have a number of voluntary schemes to bring Syrian refugees into the country, particularly those who are most vulnerable, but also to provide significant financial contributions to support refugees in countries surrounding Syria.”
Her comments sparked fury, including criticism from some Tory MPs.
Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, who British citizen of Iraqi origin, said a US immigration lawyer had confirmed he would be affected by the ban.
He tweeted: “A sad sad day to feel like a second-class citizen. Sad day for the USA.
Thousands gathered at protests across the US to oppose the travel ban
“Had confirmation that the order does apply to myself and my wife as we were both born in Iraq. Even if we are not dual nationality.
“I’m a British citizen and so proud to have been welcomed to this country.
Some travellers were reportedly detained upon arrival at airports in the US
“Sad to hear I’ll be banned from the USA based on my country of birth.”
The executive order, signed on Friday, closed the US border for 90 days to individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.
Discussing the ban, the President said: “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely.
“You see it at the airports, you see it all over.”
At New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport, 11 people were reportedly in detention after arriving from Iraq and other banned countries, according to two Democratic members of congress.
Thousands gathered outside the major transport hub at 7PM local time (Midnight GMT), chanting “let them in” and “refugees welcome here”.