Ukip unveiled their general election manifesto on 25 May where they announced plans to unveil all Muslim women.
The party interrupted the consensus of the other major parties to postpone national general election campaigning until Friday.
Leader Paul Nuttall told Radio 4:
We took the decision that the best way to show these people they will be beaten and they will not win is to get back into the saddle and launch our manifesto.
The one thing they hate more than anything is our democracy and the democratic process should continue.
Suzanne Evans decided today was also a great day to well and truly kick off the general election campaign again and halt the suspended campaign in light of the Manchester terrorism attack earlier in the week.
A big part of Ukip's manifesto is their integration policy which, among other things, includes proposals for "ending Islamist extremism in our schools," stopping female genital mutilation, and calls for a ban on the burqa and niqab.
A political reporter for the Mirror has pointed out that one of their reasons for proposing a ban on the burqa is a little far-fetched:
The Ukip manifesto details their argument that banning clothing is a liberation:
UKIP will ban wearing of the niqab and the burqa in public places. Face coverings such as these are barriers to integration. We will not accept these de-humanising symbols of segregation and oppression, nor the security risks they pose.
Suggestions that UKIP is undermining liberty with this policy are absurd. There is no human right to conceal your identity. If anything prevents liberty, it is the niqab, by preventing women from being perceived as individuals in their own right. We want to open opportunities to all women, so that they can participate fully in life and in the workplace.
Clothing that hides identity, puts up barriers to communication, limits employment opportunities, hides evidence of domestic abuse, and prevents intake of essential vitamin D from sunlight is not liberating.
We stand in solidarity with women worldwide who are rebelling against the imposition of the niqab and burqa.
The NHS advises that some groups of people are in danger of not getting enough vitamin D.
They list these groups as follows:
- all babies from birth to one year of age (including breastfed babies and formula fed babies who have less than 500ml a day of infant formula)
- all children aged one to four years old
- people who are not often exposed to the sun – for example, people who are frail or housebound, or are in an institution such as a care home, or if they usually wear clothes that cover up most of their skin when outdoors
Despite the call to stop all full face coverings, a Beekeeper features on page 52 of the manifesto.
Remember kids, a full-face veil ban doesn't apply to welders, firefighters, beekeepers, surgeons, brides or fencers.