UK's May says Boris Johnson should apologize over burqa comments

Hannah Rogers
August 11, 2018

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.

"It is crass and it must stop, and it must be condemned by the leadership right from the prime minister down".

Top Tories, including Prime Minister Theresa May, have criticised Johnson for his derogatory burka comments and asked him to apologise.

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

A panel of at least three people, appointed by Mr Lewis, will include one independent member, one representative of the voluntary party and one nominated by the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Johnson used his column in the Telegraph on Monday to criticise, what he called, the "oppressive" burka.

"I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes", he added. May said she agreed with Lewis.

The party has received complaints that the comments breach its code of conduct, and under Conservative rules they must be investigated by an independent panel.

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Former attorney general Dominic Grieve - a long-time opponent of Johnson - even suggested he would leave the Tories if Johnson were elected leader, saying "I don't regard him as a fit and proper person to lead a political party".

Mei argues that it is important that each of us have been cautious in terms of use, and emphasized that she would never use such expressions.

Schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student "turns up. looking like a bank robber".

A statement issued by the group said: "In 2005, Boris Johnson said, "Islam is the problem" and 'Islamophobia is a natural reaction'".

We understand that you have requested Mr Johnson to apologise.

She further said that a woman is not answerable to anyone if they wish to wear a burqa.

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt criticized Johnson for comments he said "many people would find offensive". "If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we're simply yielding ground to reactionaries & extremists".

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