decisões difíceis na terra de sua majestade que parecem ir em direcções perigosas
Mr Blair told reporters: "They [Kirkless council] should be allowed to take that decision."
But he added: "I do support the authority in the way that they have handled this."
Asked whether he specifically backed the teaching assistant's suspension from Headfield Church of England junior school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, he added: "I simply say that I back their handling of the case.
"I can see the reason why they came to the decision they did."
When asked at the news conference if a Muslim woman wearing a veil could make a contribution to society, he replied: "That's a very difficult question. "It is a mark of separation and that is why it makes other people from outside the community feel uncomfortable.
"We have to deal with the debate," he said. "People want to know that the Muslim community in particular, but actually all minority communities, have got the balance right between integration and multiculturalism."
Mr Blair added: "No one wants to say that people don't have the right to do it [wear the veil]. That is to take it too far. But I think we need to confront this issue about how we integrate people properly into our society."
The PM was quizzed on the government's recent decision to force newly founded faith schools to admit 25% of pupils who were not of that faith.
The move has been interpreted by some as being targeted at Muslim schools, as they form the bulk of new schools in the pipeline.
Mr Blair pointed out that it was his decision to end the ban on Muslim faith schools in the first place.
"We would not be having this debate were it not for people's concerns about this question to do with integration and separation of the Muslim community," he added.