According to Fox News, an intelligence source in Great Britain revealed that after the latest terrorist attack in London the British government is considering banning the burqa. The source reported, “It is just whispers at the moment, but if that goes live, one would guess that it will be enforced across the U.K..”
The suggestion of ridding Great Britain of the burqa has been made before; in 2006, MP and government minister Jack Straw wrote in a column for the Lancashire Telegraph that wearing the burqa “was bound to make better relations between the two communities more difficult.”
France, under former president Nicholas Sarkozy, became the first country in Europe to ban face coverings on April 11, 2011. Anyone who forced a woman to cover her face had to pay a 30,000 euro fine. The same year, Belgium instituted a ban on full-face veils; any woman caught wearing a veil could be jailed for up to seven days or forced to pay a fine of 1378 euros. In 2015, the Netherlands banned the wearing of face-coverings in schools, hospitals and on public transport. The law did not completely outlaw the veil in public.
On December 6, 2016, Chancellor Angela Merkel said full-faced veils should be prohibited in Germany “wherever it is legally possible.” In January 2017, Austria banned full-face veils (niqabs, which allow the eyes to be shown, and burqas, which don’t) in public spaces and was considering a more general ban on state employees.