Former British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, will face an investigation following Islamophobic comments about Muslim women who wear the face veil, according to a report by the Evening Standard newspaper.
Johnson, who quit the government last month in a dispute over Brexit, wrote in The Daily Telegraph this week that it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes". He is instead more likely to be told.
Critics from inside and outside the Conservative party, including Prime Minister Theresa May, have called on Johnson to apologise. This time it was the result of an article he wrote, comparing women who wear the burqa to "bank robbers" and "letter boxes". "On that basis, no apology is required".
Senior Conservative figures attacked the prime minister after the party confirmed that following a series of complaints, Mr Johnson is to face a full investigation.
Arkinson has previously been a vocal defender of the right to make jokes about religion: "All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them".
If found to have broken the Conservatives' code of conduct, he could face expulsion from the party. If this goes ahead, one Tory MP told The Times it would result in "civil war" in the party.
"The burka and niqab are ugly tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim".
The controversy over Boris Johnson's opinions on burkas rolls on as the Conservative MP refuses to apologise and gains support from unlikely sources.
"I think it's a very dark day for our democracy and free speech and I'm deeply anxious that this policy is being adopted by the Conservative Party, if we're not the party of free speech, then who is?"
Joining Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, he said: "I think a lot of your listeners will be deeply anxious about the state of our democracy and free speech".
'Full bandwagon jumping territory'Conor Burns, Tory MP for Bournemouth West'It's bash Boris'Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire " This [inquiry is] being use to try and discredit Boris Johnson from people who are anxious about him in inside the Conservative party and outside the Conservative party. "Nevertheless we do so because we believe it is a means to get closer to God", the women said in a letter.