So NOW you love democracy? Brexiteers turn on Remainers after US Capitol riot reaction

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Martin Daubney hit out at Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Green leader Caroline Lucas, who were all quick to condemn the assault on the US Capitol as anti-democratic. Mr Daubney branded the three party leaders “hypocrites” over their responses.

Three leaders – all of whom wanted to cancel the Brexit referendum – are now on the side of democracy

Martin Daubney

He tweeted: “Well isn’t this jolly? Three party political leaders – all of whom wanted to cancel the Brexit referendum – are suddenly ‘on the side of democracy’ are appalled by ‘attacks on democracy’ and say ‘democracy can never be taken for granted’.

“Sturgeon, Starmer, Lucas: Hypocrites!

“Please feel free to add more tweets of hypocrite anti-Brexit MPs or commentators who’ve suddenly developed a thirst for democracy. Let’s keep a running tally!”

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One Twitter user responded with a screenshot of Sadiq Khan tweet which read: “Deeply disturbing scenes from the Capitol building. Solidarity with our friends in America tonight.

“These extremists are intent on attacking democracy and stoking division.”

Mr Daubney’s views were echoed across the Channel by Frexit campaigner Charles-Henri Gallois.

He said: “The images of the Capitol must obviously be condemned and are worrying for democracy.

“But on the other hand, see those who trampled on the 2005 referendum in France or wanted to cancel Brexit now advocate for democracy. Allow me to laugh!”

The extraordinary scenes in Washington DC have been condemned by political leaders across the world.

Boris Johnson said Donald Trump was “completely wrong” to incite supporters to storm the Capitol and to continue questioning the legitimacy of the US election.

The Prime Minister – who has enjoyed a warm relationship with the US President – said he “unreservedly” condemned Mr Trump’s actions.

Joe Biden was confirmed as the President-elect in Congress despite the violent scenes as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings.

Mr Johnson, who was born in the US, told a Downing Street press conference: “All my life, America has stood for some very important things – an idea of freedom and an idea of democracy.”

In response to a question about Mr Trump’s responsibility for the scenes in Washington, Mr Johnson said: “Insofar as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol and insofar as the President consistently has cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election I believe that that was completely wrong.

“I think what President Trump has been saying about that has been completely wrong.

“I unreservedly condemn encouraging people to behave in the disgraceful way that they did in the Capitol.

“And all I can say is I’m very pleased that the President-elect has now been duly confirmed in office and that democracy has prevailed.”

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In Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump should immediately be removed from office or Congress could move to impeach him.

Ms Pelosi joined calls for the US cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Mr Trump from office.

She said: “The President of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America.”

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