NIGEL FARAGE has silenced Twitter trolls after he was criticised for visiting his local for a pint this afternoon.
Nigel Farage celebrated Super Saturday, the latest easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown measures, by visiting his local pub this afternoon. But many Twitter users were furious at the move and accused the Brexit Party leader of breaching quarantine regulations after he recently visited the US. Acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey also criticised the Brexiteer, and said he had contacted the police to investigate whether Mr Farage had broken the rules.
In response, Mr Farage silenced the critics and pointed out that he was not required to self isolate, as he returned from the US 14 days ago – the mandated length of quarantine after a visit abroad – and has also tested negative for COVID-19.
The politician’s first Tweet said: “12 o’clock, first customer in. Love it.”
The caption was accompanied by a picture of Mr Farage smiling and holding a half-drunk pint.
Several hours later, the former MEP hit out at the dozens of people commenting on the post and accusing him of breaking lockdown restrictions.
Mr Farage, who lives in Westerham, Kent, 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!”
His second Tweet was also shared alongside another picture of him holding a pint of beer and smiling to the camera.
Dozens of people responded to his initial Tweet, and suggested he was breaching quarantine rules.
One person wrote: “Can you confirm when you arrived back in the UK from your visit to the US?
“Were you unaware of the requirements of quarantine?”
Another user even tagged the official Twitter account of the Met Police, and said: “Hi @metpoliceuk. Nigel is supposed to be quarantining.
“Have a word, please. Cheers!”
Several other people also tagged the Met Police and Kent Police in their responses.
One user suggested the police should fine Mr Farage for the apparent breach of the rules.
They wrote: “You should be in quarantine. Fined and shamed. Youve just returned from a high infection country.”
But Mr Farage cleared up that he did not need to be in self-isolation as he returned from the US two weeks ago.
Acting Lib Dem leader said he had written to Kent Police to ask them to investigate whether Mr Farage has breached quarantine rules.
Mr Davey said: “There are clearly serious questions to answer for Nigel Farage. It is clear from his social media posts that he was in American on June 20th, and he was pictured at a Trump Rally that evening.
“Given the current requirements for visitors returning to the UK to isolate for 14 full days on their return, Nigel Farage appears to be in violation of the quarantine. It is a responsibility of everyone to take the lockdown requirements seriously in order to stop the spread of the virus.
“By choosing to go to the pub when it appears he should have been staying at home, Mr Farage is showing a flagrant disregard for the safety of people in his community. I have written to Kent Police asking them to urgently investigate the timeline of Mr Farage’s travel and ascertain whether he has breached quarantine rules.”
But many people spoke up in support of the Brexiteer, with one person writing: “Cheers Nigel. Enjoy your beer, stop thinking about these moaners.”
Another person said: “No need to explain… Chers Nigel! Now ruddy enjoy yourself.”
A third wrote: “Enjoy your pint Nigel… you deserve it!!”