Majority of Brits back burqa ban, poll finds

The British public supports a burqa ban by a margin of more than two to one, according to a poll released on Wednesday by YouGov.

Fifty-seven per cent of those asked said they would be in favour of a law banning the garment, which covers a woman's body and face in keeping with Islamic standards of modesty.

Just 25 per cent said they would oppose such a move.

Attempts to ban the burkini, a full-body swimsuit inspired by the burqa, at beaches across southern France have ignited a debate on the issue.

Proponents argue that Islamic dress designed to cover the face and body is a threat to security in the wake of recent Islamist terrorist attacks in Europe, while critics have slammed the move as discriminatory against Muslims.

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