Theresa May has spoken out in support of a woman's right to wear a burka
The Prime Minister insisted that "what a woman wears is a woman's choice" when quizzed about the issue.
Her remarks follow moves in a string of countries including Germany, France, Austria and Belgium to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public.
Mrs May described bans on veils as "divisive" when asked about the moves at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons yesterday.
- Britain WANTS a burka ban, poll reveals – as support in Germany soars
- Manuel Valls declares the burka is akin to the ‘enslavement of women'
SNP politician Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh raised the issue to mark "world hijab day", an annual event held since 2012 by campaigners to raise awareness of the role of Muslim headscarves.
She said: "Today is world hijab day and I wondered if the Prime Minister will join with me in recognising the right of Muslim women to wear a hijab if they wish, without fear.
"And indeed the right of all women everywhere to wear what they want, when they want.
The Prime Minister also reiterated that the UK will not discriminate against any religion
"And would the Prime Minister also commit to standing up for the right to refuge for men, women and children wherever they may be, regardless of their religion."
There is no question of discriminating on the religion
Mrs May replied: "It is absolutely the case that this country welcomes refugees to the United Kingdom, and we do so regardless of their religion. There is no question of discriminating on the religion.
"On the issue you raise about the wearing of the hijab, I am absolutely in line with you.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
"I believe that what a woman wears is a woman's choice."
Burka bans across Europe Thu, December 22, 2016
Several European countries have banned full-face veils since France's controversial law in 2011
GETTY 1 of 14
France: Became first country in Europe to ban the burka in April 2011, with a penalty fine of 150 euro
A number of European countries have already banned the wearing of a full veil in public
The Prime Minister's spokeswoman later confirmed that Mrs May's comments about the hijab also applied to full-face veils including the burka and the niqab.
The spokeswoman said: "The PM was setting out her view that women should be able to choose what they wear."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited "wherever possible", while France has banned the wearing of the full-face veil in public places and of the full-body swimsuits known as burkinis.
The burkini ban was later lifted after a French court overruled it.
- Article 50 debate LIVE: MPs to vote on Bill TODAY to stop Brexit block
- Theresa May to publish White Paper on Brexit plans TOMORROW
- Half of British voters think President Trump's visit SHOULD go ahead