Three government buildings in London, United Kingdom are governed under the Sharia law because they were transferred to finance an Islamic bond in 2014.
The government buildings, namely Department of Health, Wellington House, a Department of International Development property in Whitehall, were sold off by the UK Treasury as part of the secret Islamic bond scheme and are now operated under Sharia law, a Treasury source told Daily Mail.
As the building is governed under Sharia law, alcohol is prohibited in the premises, according to The Times.
Thus, UK MPs could be banned from drinking alcohol if they relocate temporarily to a chamber in the Department of Health as the Palace of Westminister is being repaired.
“It’s true. If MPs want to use Richmond House they’d better give up any hopes it will include a bar,” a Whitehall official told Daily Mail.
The three Whitehall buildings were transferred to the £200 million Islamic bond scheme, Sukuk, which switched their ownership from British taxpayers to wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen and banks.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne had announced the move in June 2014 as part of an effort to make the UK a global hub for Islamic finance.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said he was outraged to discover that parts of Whitehall was being ruled by Islamic law.
“I do find it unbelievable that government buildings are governed by Sharia law,” he told Mail Online.
“I don’t see the bars as being an essential part of Parliament but it’s the principle that matters. Most of our constituents will be absolutely amazed that the principle could ever have been authorised,” he added.
A spokesperson for the joint committee on the Palace of Westminster said, “The committee is looking at a range of options and no final decision has been taken. It is aware that Richmond House is under a bond.”
The Palace of Westminster has dozens of bars and restaurants, where MPs, peers, staff and other passholders can drink for as little as £2.90.
The £4billion worth of repairs will mean MPs will have to move out temporarily for six years.
This article originally appeared on Daily Mail.