Britain will not follow France by introducing a law banning women from wearing the burqa, the Immigration Minister ruled.

Damian Green said such a move would be "rather un-British" and run contrary to conventions of a "tolerant and mutually respectful society". He said it would be "undesirable" for Parliament to vote on a burqa ban in Britain.

A YouGov survey last week found that 67 per cent of voters wanted the wearing of full-face veils to be made illegal.