UK PM May scolds Johnson for burqa remark after outcry

UK PM May scolds Johnson for burqa remark after outcry

UK PM May scolds Johnson for burqa remark after outcry

Johnson resigned as Britain's top diplomat a month ago after claiming Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for a soft exit from the European Union were killing the dream of clear, decisive split from the bloc.

The Conservative Party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has called on Mr Johnson to apologise for the comments.

In the column, Johnson said that Denmark's burqa ban was wrong despite the garment being oppressive to women.

Under Conservative party rules, MPs must adhere to "minimum standards of behaviour" under the code of conduct and "lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance". "It's very clear that the language Boris Johnson used to describe people's appearance, has caused offence".

They speak as "free women who are able to speak for ourselves and make our own choices" and condemn the former foreign secretary for comparing women who wear the burka to "bank robbers" and "letterboxes".

The assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, said Mr Johnson was "pandering to the far-right", while Labour MP David Lammy branded him a "pound-shop Donald Trump".

"If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree - and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran".

Mr Johnson, who is holidaying overseas, has made no response to demands for an apology.

Ms Faifi, who wears niqab, a veil which leaves the eyes uncovered, said she could "empathise" with people who find it hard to connect with women whose full faces they cannot see.

Some suspected Johnson's burqa comments were meant to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party.

"Despite the rising scale and severity of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred, the response from the Government has been lacklustre, or worse, in denial", Mohammed Mahmoud wrote.

"The women who wear the niqab and report into us clearly report to us they are called telephone boxes, letter boxes, bin bags, when they are abused and when they are assaulted".

After quitting his cabinet post, the flamboyant former mayor of London took up his pen again as a paid opinion writer for the Daily Telegraph. She said she welcomed an investigation, "but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

Taking to Twitter, the Jaanan actress emphasized a woman's right to wear whatever she feels comfortable in.

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