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UK's May says Boris Johnson should apologize over burqa comments

09 August 2018

"I think Boris Johnson used language in describing people's appearance that has obviously caused offence".

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson faced awelter of criticism for his remarks this weekon face veils worn by Muslim women, with Prime Minister Theresa May and others demanding an apology though he stood his ground on Wednesday.

She added that women should be free to wear the burqa if they chose to do so.

"What's important is do we believe people should have the right to practice their religion and, in the case of women and the burqa and niqab, to choose how they dress".

Baroness Warsi repeated her calls for an investigation into Islamophobia within the Conservative party in a piece in the Guardian, and noted there had been a 26% rise in hate crimes against Muslims previous year, according to figures from monitoring group Tell Mama.

The party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has received at least one written complaint about Johnson's conduct from the Muslim peer Lord Sheikh and has to decide whether to launch disciplinary proceedings against Johnson or not.

A source close to Johnson said, "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues. I will defend the basic principle which is the right to choose", added the Janaan actor.

"We have to call it out".

Warsi said Johnson was hoping to attract support from right-wing Conservatives for an eventual leadership bid, and called for an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party. "What starts as useful targets for "colourful political language" and the odd bit of toxic campaigning ends up in attacks on our streets". The clothing has already been banned in France.

UK's May says Boris Johnson should apologize over burqa comments