Boris Johnson MP recently divided opinion for controversial remarks about Muslim women who wear burkas/burqas. Though he did not advocate a ban, his comments have reignited the debate following bans on the full-face-and-body coverings becoming law in countries including France, Belgium, and Denmark. Should similar prohibitions should be introduced in the UK? This question operates on the basis that women are making a free choice when wearing burkas, and are not forced to be doing so - something which all parties would reject.
Burkas should be banned in the UK
Burkas are a tool of repression and a threat to national security.
Burkas should be banned because new(er) cultures should adapt to existing customs
The immigrant should adapt to the culture of the country they reside in, not the other way around.
Burkas should be banned because Islam does not require a burka
Face-veiling is customary, not religious. Both the burqa and other types of face veiling have been verified since pre-Islamic times. Because of this, most Islamic scholars, both past and present, have not regarded the burqa or other face veils as a religious requirement.