UK Independent Party wants to ban burqas and Sharia law


One political party in the U.K. says it's making a burqa and Sharia law ban part of its platform.

This would be a major change in policy for the United Kingdom Independence Party, which stresses it's not becoming an anti-Islam party.

Instead, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall told the BBC it's all about integration and preventing a "parallel legal system" from forming.

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TOPSHOT - One of four Acehnese teen gets whipped for spending time in close proximity with her boyfriend who is not her husband, which is against Sharia law, in Aceh on April 18, 2017. Aceh on Sumatra island began implementing Sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)
One of four Acehnese teen prepares to be whipped for spending time in close proximity with her boyfriend who is not her husband, which is against Sharia law, in Aceh on April 18, 2017. Aceh on Sumatra island began implementing Sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)
One of four Acehnese teen gets whipped for spending time in close proximity with her boyfriend who is not her husband, which is against Sharia law, in Aceh on April 18, 2017. Aceh on Sumatra island began implementing Sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA - APRIL 18: An Acehnese woman is being whipped in public for violating sharia law on April 18, 2017 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. About four Acehnese couple received 23 up to 25 lashes blamed for having sex before marriage. Whipping is one form of punishment imposed in Aceh on violating Islamic sharia law. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which has implemented the sharia law. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jefta Images / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Jefta Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA - APRIL 18: An Acehnese man is being whipped in public for violating sharia law on April 18, 2017 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. About four Acehnese couple received 23 up to 25 lashes blamed for having sex before marriage. Whipping is one form of punishment imposed in Aceh on violating Islamic sharia law. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which has implemented the sharia law. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jefta Images / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Jefta Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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In 2013, Nuttall said UKIP wouldn't try to ban the burqa. But he says comments from the former Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair Trevor Phillips changed his mind. Last year, Phillips said he was worried British Muslims were becoming a nation within a nation.

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Nuttall also cited the "heightened security risk" in the U.K. right now and said burqas make it hard for video surveillance to be effective.

"If CCTV is to be effective in an age of heightened terror, you need to see peoples faces," Nuttall said.

Despite wanting to ban Sharia courts, UKIP hasn't set its sights on other religious legal systems. When asked about Jewish "Beth Din" courts, Nuttall said those are different. He also said UKIP wasn't proposing to ban them because the Jewish population is smaller.

And while this is a change in tune for UKIP's current leadership, it's actually not the first time the party has raised the issue. Former party leader Nigel Farage called for a ban on burqas and other similar veils back in 2010.

A poll from August 2016 found that a majority of the British public supported a burqa ban. But with only three members in Parliament, UKIP will need a lot of support to pass any burqa-related legislation.

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