Britons split over Boris Johnson’s burka comments

London England. The Former Foreign Secretary is expected to make his first speech today after resigning from government 9 day

The party has received dozens of complaints about the former foreign secretary's comments about women wearing burkas, who he said looked like letter boxes.

"It's not language I would have used and I think he was wrong to have used that language, and I agree with Brandon Lewis", May said.

Johnson has so far resisted pressure from Lewis, numerous MPs, and the Prime Minister Theresa May herself, to apologise for his comments.

Last June, the ethnonationalist and ethnopluralist far-right group, Generation Identity, carried out a "ban the burqa" protest in England, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.

The former foreign secretary will be investigated over whether he has broken the party's code of conduct for comments that were widely criticised by figures, including from his own party, as Islamophobic.

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A Conservative Party spokesman said: "The code of conduct process is strictly confidential". "And some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended", she said.

He has faced fierce criticism for comparing women wearing the conservative Islamic dress to letter boxes and bank robbers.

Sahar al-Faifi, who has covered her face since she was 14, said that negative rhetoric is making Muslim women feel "unsafe".

David Lammy, a member of the opposition Labour Party, called Johnson a dime-store version of President Trump and said he was "fanning the flames of Islamophobia" for political gain.

We, the undersigned, write to you as British Muslim women who wear the niqab or burqa.

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News of the investigation emerged as Mr Johnson was reprimanded for breaching rules for former ministers by failing to seek advice before taking up a job as a newspaper columnist after leaving the Cabinet.

"Despite the rising scale and severity of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred, the response from the Government has been lacklustre, or worse, in denial", Mohammed Mahmoud wrote.

"We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", a source close to Johnson told reporters.

"We have to call it out".

Shreen Mahmood, a radio presenter in Birmingham who wears the hijab, said she had suffered verbal abuse and knew of others who had been spat at or had their head coverings pulled.

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