President Trump is set to visit UK early in 2018 – but for a stripped-down trip that will not include staying with the Queen.

Diplomats are discussing plans for a “working visit” by the US president and instead of a red carpet event to showcase the special relationship, it is likely to form part of a tour of several countries by Donald Trump.

The downgrading of Trump’s first trip as President to the UK follows the huge controversy when Theresa May tried to steal a march on other world leaders by offering a State Visit as guest of the Queen that was intended to take place this summer, breaching a convention that the honour is usually reserved for a president’s second term.

There were threats of boycotts and mass protests when the VIP treatment was announced – with Commons Speaker John Bercow declaring that Donald Trump would not be allowed to address the House of Commons.