Nigel Farage appears to have broken UK quarantine rules after posting a photo in a pub in the middle of today – less than two weeks after returning from the U.S.
There are calls for an investigation after the Brexit Party leader shared a photo with a beer, while the coronavirus block in England eased and the bars reopened for the first time. He wrote: “12 o’clock, first customer to come in. I loved it.”
MSNBC images show Farage at a Donald Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 1.02 am on June 20.
Commercial flights from Tulsa to England take at least 10 hours. So if Farage stayed at the address of the US president, which ended at 3 am UK time, he could return to the UK at lunchtime on Sunday as early as possible. .
If so, the UK’s 14-day quarantine rule means it must be quarantined until Sunday.
Deputy Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, says he wrote to the Kent Police asking them to investigate whether the 56-year-old man violated the quarantine rules.
“There are clearly serious questions to be answered by Nigel Farage,” Davey said in a statement. “It is clear from his social media posts that he was in the United States on June 20 and was seen at a Trump rally that night.
“Given the current requirements for visitors returning to the UK to isolate themselves for 14 full days on their return, Nigel Farage appears to be violating the quarantine.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to take blocking requirements seriously to prevent the virus from spreading.
“By choosing to go to the pub when it looks like he should be home, Farage is showing a blatant disregard for the safety of people in his community.”
After his initial pub tweet attracted attention for the apparent breach, Farage addressed the issue in a second post, saying he had been back for two weeks and was tested for COVID-19, with a negative result.
For all those yelling and screaming about me going to the pub … I came back from the USA for two weeks and was tested – the result was negative. Sorry to disappoint you. Cheers! pic.twitter.com/E8maRljGwS
– Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 4, 2020
Told by Sky News that Davey had complained to the police about his visit, Farage replied, “Sad Ed Davey. You need to have a life.”
Farage traveled to Oklahoma to attend a Donald Trump rally in Tulsa on June 20.
He shared a photo of himself in the U.S. that day and was also portrayed backstage by a Washington Post journalist in the hours leading up to the US president’s speech.
Nigel Farage behind the scenes of the “Team Trump on Tour” part of the demonstration, a series of panel discussions for the crowd outside pic.twitter.com/OvnRscaEuQ
– Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 20, 2020
Under the UK’s quarantine rules, implemented from 8 June, all passengers arriving abroad – with some exceptions – are required to isolate themselves for 14 days at a stated address when they arrive in the United Kingdom.
According to government guidelines, if you are tested and tested negative for coronavirus, you should isolate yourself until you remain in the UK for a full 14 days, even if the symptoms have disappeared.
Image: Pub blocking restrictions were lifted at 6 am, with lines outside some – including the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich
In England, if you do not isolate yourself, you could be fined £ 1,000.
In addition, at the time of Farage’s trip, the US banned arrivals from Britain, with the exception of American citizens, their families and “individuals who meet specified exceptions”.
Bennie G. Thompson, chairman of the House of Representatives’ internal security committee, said the decision to allow the visit raised “numerous issues of concern” at the time of UK travel restrictions.
Sky News contacted a representative from Mr. Farage and the Home Office for comment.