Saturday 21 April 2018

Ban burkas to boost women's vitamin D - Ukip

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall

Richard Wheeler in London

A burka ban would help women by boosting their vitamin D intake from sunlight, Ukip has said.

Paul Nuttall's party is also pushing for a public ban on the niqab, claiming such face-covering veils are "de-humanising symbols of segregation and oppression" which pose security risks.

The Ukip leader has previously denied the policy is an attack on Muslims, with the party arguing the policy is needed as there is "no human right to conceal your identity".

Its manifesto states: "If anything prevents liberty, it is the niqab, by preventing women from being perceived as individuals in their own right. We want to open opportunities to all women, so that they can participate fully in life and in the workplace. Clothing that hides identity, puts up barriers to communication, limits employment opportunities, hides evidence of domestic abuse, and prevents intake of essential vitamin D from sunlight is not liberating."

Ukip also wants to reduce the number of places serving alcohol, a move which could affect pubs - a much-loved venue for former leader Nigel Farage.

Irish Independent

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