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Blair enters veil row

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Tony Blair has stepped into the debate over when and if Muslim women in Britain should wear full veils. Until now the British Prime Minister has not expressed an opinion, but he came close to taking sides at his monthly news conference when asked if women who wear veils can make a full contribution to British society.

“It is a mark of separation and that’s why it makes other people from outside the community feel uncomfortable…No one wants to say that people don’t have the right to do it, that’s to take it too far, but I think we do need to confront this issue about how we integrate people properly with our society”, he said.

The issue exploded earlier this month when senior government minister Jack Straw said Muslim women who wore full veils made community relations difficult, calling the veil “a visible declaration of separation and difference”.