Muslim women can be banned from wearing veils in courts, schools and should remove them for border checks if requested, David Cameron said last night.
However, he insisted he would not support a full ban on wearing the veil in public like the 2010 change to French law.
“When you’re coming into contact with an institution, or you’re in court, or if you need to be able to see someone’s face at the border, then I will always back the authority and institution that have put in place proper and sensible rules.
“Going for the more sort of French approach of banning an item of clothing, I don’t think that’s the way we do things in this country and I don’t think that would help.” – Prime Minister David Cameron speaking on Radio 4
The Prime Minister’s latest move to tackle extremism and the perceived lack of integration in the Muslim community, comes the day after moves to compel Muslim women to learn English.
The Conservative leader said not speaking the language could make people “more susceptible” to jihadist propaganda, but former Tory chairman Baroness Warsi accused him of “stigmatising” law-abiding Muslims with “lazy and misguided thinking”.
Mr Cameron has pledged £20million to pay for lessons to help 38,000 Muslim women who cannot speak English and new Government plans would allow women in the UK on spouse visas to be deported if they do not learn English after two and a half years in the country.
Also in the plans were measured to segregate audiences on gender lines during meetings at public buildings as was seen at a pre-General Election Labour Party political meeting last year in Birmingham, attended by Parliamentary candidates Tom Watson, Liam Byrne, Khalid Mahmood and Jack Dromey, along with MEP Sion Simon.
Labour denied that people were forced to sit separately based on gender – even though photographs from the event show that the groups were clearly segregated.
Critics called the decision ‘sickening’ and claimed that the party was ‘selling values for votes’ in order to get Ed Miliband into Downing Street.