Boris Johnson facing party probe over burqa comments

Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Johnson resigned as Britain's top diplomat a month ago after claiming Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for a soft exit from the European Union were killing the dream of clear, decisive split from the bloc.

A watchdog which advises former ministers on taking new jobs ruled that Johnson broke ministerial rules by taking up his weekly column at the Telegraph without consulting it first.

Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis "will appoint three people to an investigating panel - including a Tory MP who sits on the 1922 committee - to carry out the investigation", reports The Daily Telegraph.

Given a deliberate choice was made to inflame tensions in a way that makes it easier for bigots to justify hate crime against us, we concur with Conservative peer, Lord Sheikh, who has demanded the whip be withdrawn from Mr Johnson.

If an investigation does conclude that Johnson has breached the party's code of conduct, the party could opt to disassociate itself from him in an action known as having the whip withdrawn.

Johnson asserted that schools should be entitled to tell students to remove a veil if one "turns up ... looking like a bank robber".

"If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree", Johnson said.

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Former attorney general Dominic Grieve - a long-time opponent of Johnson - even suggested he would leave the Tories if Johnson were elected leader, saying "I don't regard him as a fit and proper person to lead a political party".

There is a growing sense that "a confrontation is being forced between those in the party who think the way Johnson described women who wear a niqab was out of order and those who think it was fair comment", says The Times.

May said his words "clearly caused offense ... and I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use".

Johnson refused to apologize for his remarks, calling the outrage at his remarks "ridiculous" as well as an attack on free speech.

In response to Johnson's remarks, the Muslim Council of Britain said that Johnson was "pandering to the far right" with his remarks.

'Johnson did not go far enough.

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt criticized Johnson for comments he said "many people would find offensive".

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