London, Feb. 22 (ANI): British Justice Secretary Jack Straw has said that while he would prefer if Muslim women didn't wear burkhas in Britain, a France-like ban on wearing veils wouldn't be feasible.
"I would prefer if people didn't wear a burkha but you can't ban it. It might work in France but it won't work here," the Daily Express quoted Straw, as saying during French MEP Rachida Dati's visit to his Blackburn seat.
Straw had earlier said that banning women from wearing burkhas in British streets would be a waste of police time.
In 2006, Straw had asked his female Muslim constituents to remove their veils while meeting with him.
Former French justice minister Dati, a Muslim herself, said she backed France's moves to ban the burkha in public places. (ANI)