“British Muslims have started the process of leaving the UK” says head of a Muslim charity Manzoor Ali.
They had held “long-standing concerns about bigotry in our politics and our governing party”, a statement from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said. The warning came as Baroness Warsi, a former Tory co-chair and cabinet minister, said the party “must start healing its relationship with British Muslims”.
British Muslims fear for their ‘personal safety’ now Boris Johnson is Prime Minister for five years. Says Manzoor Ali, ‘they are scared for the future of their children’. Mr Johnson also received a considerable degree of criticism for comparing Muslim women to ‘letterboxes and bank robbers’ in a column for the Telegraph last year. He stirred up controversy after saying “Denmark has got it wrong. Yes, the burka is oppressive and ridiculous – but that’s still no reason to ban it”.
The prime minister has insisted his comments were taken out of context and he was defending the right of Muslim women to wear what they like.
During the election campaign he also apologised for Islamophobia in the Conservative party, after a number of candidates shared posts by Tommy Robinson, referring to Muslims as scum. The father of three, said New Zealand appealed to him, given the humane and compassionate manner in which the prime minister of the country, Jacinda Ardern handled the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings in which 51 people were killed by a far-right terrorist.