Ukip has previously attracted criticism for wanting to ban the burka, and now they’ve come up with a surprising reason to back the controversial policy.
The party released its manifesto today, which defended the proposed measure by saying burkas stop women getting enough Vitamin D.
UKIP has come up with an absolutely priceless new reason for banning the burqa pic.twitter.com/40GuXIQkOT
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) May 25, 2017
The manifesto states: ”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.
“We stand in solidarity with women worldwide who are rebelling against the imposition of the niqab and burka.”
Paul Nuttall’s party is also pushing for a public ban on the niqab, claiming such face-covering veils are “de-humanising symbols of segregation and oppression” which pose security risks.
The Ukip leader has previously denied the policy is an attack on Muslims, with the party arguing the policy is needed as there is “no human right to conceal your identity”.
The manifesto added: “If anything prevents liberty, it is the niqab, by preventing women from being perceived as individuals in their own right.
“We want to open opportunities to all women, so that they can participate fully in life and in the workplace.”
The NHS notes Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.