UKIP leader Paul Nuttall: 'We must copy Europe on burqa ban'

Paul Nuttall had some controversial things to say about the burqa and Sharia law

Paul Nuttall had some controversial things to say about the burqa and Sharia law

Monday, April 24, 2017

UKIP Paul Nuttall has suggested Britain has fallen behind the rest of Europe - in its attitude to the burqa.

Nuttall, whose party is usually fiercely eurosceptic, told Paul Ross that several European countries - including Bulgaria, a country whose emigrants were often criticised by former leader Nigel Farage - have done the right thing by banning the full-face Muslim veil.

UKIP is campaigning to ban the burqa as part of its election manifesto, and Nuttall told Paul Ross: “I would like us to come in line with France, Belgium, Bulgaria, and other European countries about the full face burqa. Germany’s talking about banning it, it’s banned in Barcelona, certain parts of Italy.

"I think it should be banned for two reasons. One, I think there’s an issue about security, we live in a heightened age of terror, therefore it’s imperative you’re able to see peoples’ faces. On integration as well, we have a problem with integration in Britain.

"You can’t integrate fully if you’re not prepared to show your face."

Nuttall also told us that Sharia courts must be abolished - but Jewish religious courts, he says, are perfectly fine.

Explaining the distinction, he said the Jewish courts have been established in Britain for a far longer period, and "no-one within the Jewish community is calling for laws to be replaced."

 

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