Security Sensitive Areas Need Consistency On Balaclavas, Helmets And Religious Veils

3 June 2018, 14:01 | Updated: 3 June 2018, 18:10

Maajid Nawaz believes it is right for security sensitive areas to ban headwear including religious face veils, but says it would be wrong to support a general ban.

Denmark has banned clothing that covers the face, including religious veils, in a move to protect public safety.

France, Austria, and Belgium have similar laws.

Maajid Nawaz says that a general ban on religious headwear is wrong, but does support a ban in security sensitive areas like banks and airports.

"Not everything you have a right to do, is right to do," the LBC presenter said.

"Where it is not allowed for anybody to walk in wearing a balaclava or motorcycle helmet, it should also not be allowed for a person to be in that environment covering their face in the name of religion.

"It's currently not allowed to walk into a bank with a motorcycle helmet on your head, it shouldn't also therefore be allowed to walk into a bank with a face veil.

"I'm not going for a general ban in this country, I would resist any motion of a blanket ban, but I would argue that airports, banks, and security sensitive areas needs to have a consistent policy against balaclavas, motorcycle helmets and the religious face veil."