Tories turn up heat on Boris Johnson after burka row

Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa 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.

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

Party chairman Brandon Lewis will nominate two members of the panel, and because the complaint is about a member of Parliament, a third will be nominated by Graham Brady, the chairman of the party's backbench 1922 committee.

Now the Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre has said Mr Johnson has attempted to "diminish" the status of Muslim women as British citizens.

United Kingdom former foreign minister Boris Johnson. 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. The clothing has already been banned in France.

"I think that this wasn't an off-the-cuff slip, he wrote a column, he knew exactly what he was doing and I think it crossed from being provocative and starting a debate and actually it became rude and gratuitous", the Scots Tory leader said.

Johnson had already been criticism by a number of Tory politicians and Muslim groups for his comments, which "some claimed were created to pander to right-wing voters to bolster his future leadership chances", says The Guardian.

On Thursday, the article was still front-page news in some British publications, with the left-leaning Daily Mirror suggesting the government was at war as "15 top Tories" condemned Johnson's "burka insult as one says it risks 'a race war'".

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

Former UKIP leader and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said he thought Johnson's comments made him more, not less likely to be the next Conservative party leader.

'Johnson did not go far enough.

A statement issued by the group said: "In 2005, Boris Johnson said, "Islam is the problem" and 'Islamophobia is a natural reaction'. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists". Half of the biggest names in the business in this country are in prison now.

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