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Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Taking jibe at burqa, Johnson on Sunday mocked women who wear the full-body veil "look like letter boxes" and compared them to "bank robbers".

Mr Johnson stirred up a hornet's nest after he made the comparison in a column in The Daily Telegraph.

Lewis has called on Johnson to apologise but so far the foreign secretary has refused to do so, leaving it unclear what the party will do next.

"If a woman wants to wear a short dress, it is her right and freedom to do so".

She said: "I know that many people have found this offensive".

However, Mr Johnson has also won support from fellow Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who criticised Prime Minister Theresa May for calling on Mr Johnson to say sorry.

The party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has received at least one written complaint about Johnson's conduct from the Muslim peer Lord Sheikh and has to decide whether to launch disciplinary proceedings against Johnson or not.

He said: "She's clearly wrong to have asked him to have apologised".

"Muslim nations are themselves regulating and banning the niqab and burqa - as in both Morocco and Turkey where these coverings are seen as an invasion of Salafist affinities and a risk to national security and societal integrity", she pointed out.

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

Shortly after the publication of his article on Monday, a source close to Mr Johnson said that it was "ridiculous" that his views should be under attack.

A source close to Johnson said, "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues".

The poll was conducted for Sky News using a nationally representative sample of 1,649 Sky customers on August 8th 2018, using data weighted to the profile of the population.

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