‘Sad Ed Davey. Needs to get a life’: Nigel Farage hits back at Lib Dem leader who reported him to the police claiming he had broken lockdown rules with pub visit
- Mr Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown after he visited a pub yesterday
- Critics said he broke lockdown as he returned from US less than 2 weeks ago
- Acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey reported him to Kent Police following outcry
- He said he tested negative for the virus and has been back in the UK for 2 weeks
Nigel Farage told Ed Davey to ‘get a life’ after the Lib Dem leader reported him to the police claiming he had broken lockdown rules by going to the pub yesterday.
Mr Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown by visiting a pub on Super Saturday – after critics claimed he did so less than two weeks after he returned from a trip to the US.
Acting Lib Dem leader Davey reported him to Kent Police following claims that he had been in America on June 20 with many questioning how he could already be out of quarantine.
Upon hearing about the report put forward by Davey, Farage told The Sun: ‘Sad Ed Davey. Needs to get a life.’
Nigel Farage told Ed Davey to ‘get a life’ after the Lib Dem leader reported him to the police claiming he had broken lockdown rules by going to the pub (pictured) yesterday
Mr Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown by visiting a pub on Super Saturday – after critics claimed he did so less than two weeks after he returned from a trip to the US (a picture shared by Farage on June 20 of him in the USA)
Acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey (pictured) reported Farage to Kent Police following claims that he had been in America on June 20 with many questioning how he could already be out of quarantine.
The Brexit Party leader proudly posted a picture online of himself at lunchtime yesterday holding a pint and declaring ’12 o’clock, first customer in. Love it.’
The outcry prompted an immediate slapdown from pro-Brexit campaigner Mr Farage who insisted he had back for a fortnight so it was fine.
He declared: ‘To all those screaming and shouting about me going to the pub.
‘I have been back from the USA for 2 weeks and I have been tested — the result was negative.
Nigel Farage had tweeted a picture of himself enjoying his first pint in a pub, but things turned sour when Lib Dem leader Ed Davey asked police to investigate if he had broken quarantine rules
‘Sorry to disappoint you. Cheers!’
Mr Farage was among many in England who had taken the opportunity to go to the pub as they reopened on Super Saturday as part of lockdown easing.
The radio host and Brexit Party leader had posted on his Twitter feed a picture of himself wearing sunglasses in America on June 20.
Mr Farage had gone to America to support President Donald Trump at a rally
He was broadly grinning and giving the thumbs up, beside a caption saying ‘In the USA, only twenty four hours from Tulsa.’
Ed Davey MP, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, wrote to Kent Police asking them to investigate whether Mr Farage had broken roles.
He said: ‘There are clearly serious questions to answer for Nigel Farage. It is clear from his social media posts that he was in America on 20 June, 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.’
He had travelled to Oklahoma to attend a rally for Donald Trump in Tulsa, which took place on June 20.
Quarantine rules in England at the time he returned state even if people test negative they have to stay in isolation for 14 days.