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Piers Morgan accuses Saira Khan of 'double standards' Piers Morgan accuses Saira Khan of 'double standards'
  • Piers Morgan accused Saira Khan of 'double standards' in EU headscarf ban row
  • He said he was 'perplexed' that Ms Khan thinks employers should be able to dictate what women wear
  • Ms Khan said employees should accept if their workplace has banned scarves
  • European Court of Justice ruled employers could ban religion symbols at work 

Piers Morgan clashed with Saira Khan in an extraordinary TV row as he accused her of 'double standards' over the new EU ban on headscarves.

Loose Women host Saira Khan appeared on GMB this morning where she told Mr Morgan that she agreed with banning headscarves in the workplace.

The European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that employers will be able to stop 'the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign' in the workplace.

Piers Morgan (right) has become embroiled in a row with Saira Khan (left) over the new EU ban on headscarves, accusing her of 'double standards'

Presenter and Apprentice runner up Saira Khan appeared on GMB this morning where she told Mr Morgan that she agreed with banning headscarves in the workplace Presenter and Apprentice runner up Saira Khan appeared on GMB this morning where she told Mr Morgan that she agreed with banning headscarves in the workplace

Presenter and Apprentice runner up Saira Khan appeared on GMB this morning where she told Mr Morgan that she agreed with banning headscarves in the workplace

But Mr Morgan accused Ms Khan - a British Muslim - of 'double standards', because he said headscarves represent more than religion and that employers should not dictate what women wear to work.

He said: 'As male feminist I am perplexed by the double standards here.

'It can be for modesty reasons, cultural reasons. Who are we to tell them what to wear at work?' 

 

Ms Khan, a former Celebrity Big Brother contestant, replied: 'If you want to work at a company where the company have made it very clear they do not want to political or religious symbols, then you should accept that.

'It affects everybody: Jewish people, Sikh, Christian. We shouldn’t just have a woman in a headscarf here. The ruling applies to everyone.' 

Mr Morgan then asked her: 'How would you feel if I said to you, before you go on air, "I don't like your jacket"?'

Ms Khan, 46, replied: 'This isn't about you saying to me, it's about a company. It's not about feeling, this is about a ruling.' 

At one, Mr Morgan (left) was so enraged that he told Ms Khan (right): 'It’s not your show Saira! If you wouldn't mind letting me finish my sentence'

Mr Morgan, 51, then asked what would happen if a white woman wanted to wear a headscarf at work. 

Ms Khan said: 'The rule still applies,' to which Morgan replied: 'It doesn't' and Khan insisted: 'It does'.

When Ms Karn said employers should 'take a common sense approach', Mr Morgan replied: 'If your idea of common sense means women - whether Muslim or white - cannot wear headscarves…' 

Ms Khan was invited on the show to debate with journalist Hanna Yusuf, who wears a headscarf and was arguing against the ruling. 

She said: 'The ruling alienates people because it legitimises intolerant views and gives employers the chance to discriminate.'

She said the headscarf was 'reconciliation' of her Muslim background and European culture, but some people wore it for 'modesty or for spiritual thing.' 

Mr Morgan said it was 'not offensive' that she was wearing the headscarf.

At one point, he was so enraged that he said: 'It's not your show Saira. If you wouldn't mind letting me finish my sentence?'

Viewers appeared to take Mr Morgan's side, taking to Twitter to praise his comments.

Eve Ginever-Parkin wrote: 'Don't often agree with @piersmorgan (if ever) but he's just put @iamsairakahn back in her box!'

Following yesterday's ruling, The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said it was 'a sad day for justice and equality' as judges concluded that asking all employees to dress neutrally does not break religious discrimination rules. 

 

 

 

 

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