Boris Johnson MP recently divided opinion - drawing condemnation from the Prime Minister and provoking a disciplinary investigation by his Conservative Party - for controversial remarks about Muslim women who wear burkas/burqas. Though he did not advocate a ban, his comments have reignited the debate following bans on the full-face-and-body coverings becoming law in countries including France, Belgium, and Denmark. Should similar prohibitions should be introduced in the UK? This question operates on the basis that women are making a free choice when wearing burkas, and are not forced to be doing so - something which all parties would reject.
Burkas should be banned in the UK
Burkas are a tool of repression and a threat to national security.
New(er) cultures should adapt to existing customs
The immigrant should adapt to the culture of the country they reside in, not the other way around.Explore
Safety concerns should be prioritised
Wearing clothing that covers a citizen's identity poses a threat to security.Explore