UKIP Has Put An Interesting Spin On Its Reason For Banning The Burqa

And Twitter isn't letting Paul Nuttall get away with it

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It's well established that UKIP want to ban the burka in public places. So, when leader Paul Nuttall launched the party's General Election manifesto on Thursday, the focus on security, religion and immigration didn't come as much of a surprise.

"UKIP will ban wearing of the niqab and the burqa in public places," the manifesto states. "Face coverings such as these are barriers to integration. We will not accept these de-humanising symbols of segregation and oppression, nor the security risks they pose."

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The party's pledge to ban full veils also included an interesting new justification for the proposal, stating that Muslim women shouldn't be allowed to wear the face coverings on the grounds that they limit vitamin D intake.

"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," the document explains.

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Following the backlash when Nuttall announced his push to ban burqas in April, the Twitter community wasn't going to let the party get away with this attempt to defend the policy.

In response to a photo of the manifesto, shared on Twitter by journalist Dan Bloom, one user commented on UKIP's health concerns, saying: "Presumably this will worry them enough to go after nuns as well."

Another said: "Appropriate that a party with policies from the 19th century should be worried about rickets."

When the ban was first announced, some also raised concerns about beekeepers, who require full body suits to carry out their job. However, UKIP's Deputy Leader Peter Whittle said the beekeeper question was "ridiculous". The party has since confirmed that beekeepers would be safe from the policy.