France banned wearing the Niqab and Burqa public on April 11 2011 and to be honest, I think it was the right thing to do. I understand that some believe it is part of a religion, and this is not at all against Muslims - in fact I have a Muslim friend who told me that it is not actually part of Islam to wear the Burqa, only the headscarf.
I think that there are two important reasons why it should be banned in the UK also,
1. It is a safety threat. The idea that anyone could be under that sheet is fightening. You just don't know and in my opinion, it's dangerous.
2. It degrades women. I believe the whole reason for wearing the Burka in the first place, came about because men wanted to have power over women.
I understand that some people believe it is their body and so, their choice what they wear, but if they had been bought up wearing their own clothes, not something they were told they had to wear, would they feel the same way? Or would they feel like they had an identity? Would they feel like human beings, as opposed to completely covered, blank ghosts?
It's time we stopped pussy-footing around the idea of banning the Burqa. It's not racist or prejudice. This is not about religion, it's about power. Barely being able to see someone's eyes is unhealthy and not fair for the person. I don't think banning the Burqa will take away a woman's idenity, it will give them one.