Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Britons split over Boris Johnson’s burka comments

Britons split over Boris Johnson’s burka comments

"He's completely entitled to say it, and there's nothing to apologize for", said Rees-Mogg, who - like Johnson and Farage - favors a hard and fast Brexit.

She wrote, "As a feminist, what really disgusts me in this whole episode is that Muslim women are simply political fodder, their lives a convenient battleground on which to stake out a leadership bid".

He may also be referred to an internal Conservative party disciplinary panel.

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.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson backed calls for an apology today, calling Mr Johnson's column "gratuitously offensive".

On Tuesday, Primne Minister Theresa May joined the growing chorus of lawmakers publicly rebuking Johnson over his choice of language. On those that wear the burka he appeared to draw comparisons with a female student who turned up to school "looking like a bank robber" - adding they should be asked to remove their face covering.

Friends of the former London Mayor said he would not apologise over his column in the Daily Telegraph that argued against the introduction of a ban on face coverings as in Denmark.

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Johnson, who resigned last month over the Chequers Brexit deal, prompting an outcry from other politicians and Muslim groups with his comments.

Mrs May said: 'I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use.

Analysts believe that the likely response may related to the fact that Boris Johnson is the main rival of Teresa in the struggle for leadership of the conservative party.

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

A former journalist who has often been accused of courting media attention, Johnson was not available for comment. "We have to call it out".

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". Both sides of the Tory party are gunning for the other - and "this will be a fight to the death".

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