MP proposes law to ban wearing burkas and balaclavas

A Conservative MP is attempting to pass a law which would ban people from wearing burkas and balaclavas. Philip Hollobone has put forward parliamentary legislation to regulate the use of “certain facial coverings” in public. Hollobone said this “would obviously have a big impact for those who wear full-face Islamic veils”. He has previously described the burka as “against the British way of life”.

The proposal has stirred much criticism, although it also received some support. A burqa-ban would be un-British, commentators have said.