UK PM May urges Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa comments

11 August, 2018, 16:22 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Johnson wrote in The Daily Telegraph this week that Denmark was wrong to ban the burqa, which conceals the face with a mesh or is worn in conjunction with the niqab - a face veil that leaves only the eyes exposed.

Despite calls from the likes of the Prime Minister, party chairman Brandon Lewis and Scottish leader Ruth Davidson for an apology, Mr Johnson is yet to comment again on his remarks in public.

She also confirmed that police have not received any criminal complaint against the former foreign secretary.

An independent panel will be convened to review the complaints.

Mr Johnson will be given the opportunity to make a statement providing "any evidence or details that will help to establish their position".

Johnson labelled Muslim dress "oppressive", and claimed of the niqab: "It is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

Boris Johnson is facing a possible investigation into breaches of the Conservative Party code of conduct.

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May said his words "clearly caused offense ... and I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use".

Johnson asserted that schools should be entitled to tell students to remove a veil if one "turns up ... looking like a bank robber".

May was "perhaps relieved she no longer has to bite her tongue when asked about her erstwhile cabinet colleague", says The Times.

Furthermore, given the responses from other MPs, specifically Ms Dorries, and the broader concerns that have been raised by the Muslim Council of Britain amongst others, we believe that there must now be an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party to tackle this issue once and for all. "He loves the great melting point that is London and recognises what diverse cultures bring to our capital city", says Perrior, who helped Johnson to become London mayor before heading into Number 10 as Theresa May's communications director.

A source told the BBC that it was "ridiculous" to attack the former minister's views.

Johnson has so far refused requests to apologise for the comments. "If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists".

Former UKIP leader and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said he thought Johnson's comments made him more, not less likely to be the next Conservative party leader.

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