"I don't… Actually, having written that piece I received overwhelming support not just from Muslims but also from Muslim women," Johnson told the LBC radio station when asked whether he agreed that his column for the Daily Telegraph had triggered "unfortunate" anti-Muslim rhetoric.
When asked if he would repeat his comparisons again, Johnson said that he would, claiming that he did not agree "with women being cajoled to wear clothing that obscures their faces."
"People say politicians should be careful what they say and watch their words… but I don’t agree, I really don't," Johnson emphasized.
The politician admitted that many Muslim women could be happy with wearing full-face veils, but said that somebody had to "speak up for those who are not," claiming that this was exactly the duty of a politician.
Global debates on face veils have long been ongoing. Wearing full-face veils in public is banned in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark, among other states.