Boris Johnson quit? Burka ban comments ruled not criminal

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2018

But the MP Nadine Dorries, retorted: "The people in Westminster who are so outraged are actually terrified that at some stage any day soon Boris may make a challenge for the leadership and Number 10". "I am told that I am being blasphemous for questioning the veil, and the extreme Wahhabist narrative which justifies the idea that it is required by Islam".

Johnson, a former journalist who resigned as foreign secretary in July to protest againstMay's "softBrexit" policy, wrote that he felt "fully entitled" to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his constituencyoffice.

Warsi responded in The Guardian, saying Johnson had used rightwing, "alt-right" language in criticising the appearance of the burqa, which contributes to a view that "Muslim women are fair game".

Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick said the comments did not amount to a hate crime and police have not received any criminal complaint against Mr Johnson.

Party chairman Brandon Lewis ordered the former foreign secretary to apologise but two days later and Mr Johnson is still maintaining his silence on a holiday break.

She then posted a link to a story from 2015 where she was "manhandled" by a Tory activist after attempting to engage Johnson in a debate about the issues in Ealing.

But a Sky News poll found that 45% of voters thought he should apologise, while 48% thought he should not.

Lord Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said an apology would not be enough and said Mr Johnson should be stripped of the Tory whip.

It is not to be confused with the hijab, which leaves the face uncovered, or the niqab, which leaves the eyes exposed.

He has faced fierce criticism for comparing women wearing the conservative Islamic dress to letter boxes and bank robbers.

He said: "It is not acceptable to describe someone as looking like a postbox or a robber".

In his controversial column, Johnson said he opposed a ban on face-covering veils, but added it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter-boxes".

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