Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Johnson faces investigation over burka comments

Johnson faces investigation over burka comments

He should not have used it, ' the prime minister said.

He then went on to state that Muslim women in burqas looked like "bank robbers" and "letter boxes".

"I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use".

The Conservative party's website says suspension of membership or expulsion from the party is among the ultimate options open to its board on the conclusion of a code of conduct investigation.

A number of complaints had been received and would be considered by an independent panel, the source added.

Johnson also noted that if "a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber", he would request that she remove the burqa if she wanted to speak with him.

Mr Johnson, who quit Theresa May's Cabinet last month in a dispute over Brexit negotiations, used a newspaper column to argue against calls for a ban on the face-covering veils in public places, but described them as "absolutely ridiculous" and compared their wearers to rebellious teenagers.

A spokesman said: "The code of conduct process is strictly confidential".

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'For this reason Britain must emulate France, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria and Denmark in banning the burka'.

"Is Islamophobia, in fact a "natural reaction" or is it one of the by-products of a white, male-dominated Government, which continues to spew racist and sexist rhetoric, diminishing the status of Muslim women as British people?"

"I welcome this investigation into Boris but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

"And although we have not yet received any allegation of such a crime, I can tell you that my preliminary view from having spoken to them is that what Mr Johnson said would not reach the bar for a criminal offence".

As chairman of a party that seeks to represent the whole country, which protects individual liberty as a cherished British value, your call - we believe - is insufficient.

Johnson has so far refused requests to apologise for the comments.

And an imam who has previously criticised the burka said Mr Johnson should not "apologise for telling the truth".

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt criticized Johnson for comments he said "many people would find offensive".

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