Theresa May has backed the right of Muslim women to wear a headscarf or hijab "without fear".

The Prime Minister said she believed that "what a woman wears is a woman's choice".

A number of countries have imposed bans on parts of Muslim religious dress. France bans the hijab in public buildings such as schools and universities as part of a prohibition on "religious symbols".

Others, including Belgium, the Netherlands, and parts of Switzerland have passed bans of varying severity on wearing face veils such as the burqa or niquab.

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