Police have been asked to investigate whether Nigel Farage has broken self-isolation rules after he was pictured drinking in a pub, despite visiting the US in June.
The Brexit Party leader sparked controversy after posting on Twitter he was the “first customer in” a pub on Saturday as lockdown measures eased in England, despite attending a rally for Donald Trump on June 20.
12 o’clock, first customer in. Love it. pic.twitter.com/pBYm9rtejA— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 4, 2020
Farage’s tweet led to accusations he had broken self-isolation rules, with advice for travellers returning from the US to the UK saying they should self-isolate for 14 days.
Acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey revealed he had written to police, asking them to investigate Farage’s trip to the pub, tweeting: ″Millions of people have had to abide by the rules, and he should as well.”
Others also tagged police and border officials on social media, alerting them to the situation.
Hi @kent_police@metpoliceuk I believe this person should be in quarantine currently for 14 days following international travel.— Jamie Murphy (@Microbedoc2) July 4, 2020
Please can you look into this? https://t.co/8j28fPqyGnpic.twitter.com/aBI7LBE0Ku
Hi @metpoliceuk. Nigel is supposed to be quarantining. Have a word, please. Cheers! 🍺— Damon (@damocrat) July 4, 2020
But in a further post on social media, Farage insisted he had not broken the rules.
The 56-year-old wrote: “To all those screaming and shouting about me going to the pub... I have been back from the USA for two weeks and I have been tested – the result was negative.
“Sorry to disappoint you. Cheers!”
However, questions still remain about whether Farage – who attended the Trump rally on June 20 – would have arrived back in the UK in time to have already completed his 14 day quarantine, with some suggesting July 4 should actually have been his last day in self-islation.
To all those screaming and shouting about me going to...