Calls to legitimise Sharia law courts in the UK has been ruled out by the government.
Following a review by academics and lawyers, minsters were urged to establish a body which would allow self-regulation by Islamic religious councils.
But the Home Office has ruled that out, citing British laws and traditions.
‘Sharia law has no jurisdiction in the UK and we would not facilitate or endorse regulation, which could present councils as an alternative to UK laws,’ read a Home Office statement.
‘In Britain we have a long tradition of freedom of worship and religious tolerance, where many people of different faiths follow religious codes and practices and benefit from their guidance.
‘The Government has no intention of changing this position.’
The independent panel, chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, was set up in 2016 top look into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales.