The National Guard has been deployed after President Trump’s supporters clashed with police in a bid to stop Joe Biden’s victory being certified.
American political heavyweights including Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris were taken to safety as the violence broke out, with lawmakers inside the House Chamber being urged to put on gas masks.
British politicians have hit out at the ‘horrifying’ scenes in the United States, calling for a peaceful transition of power.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.’
The Secretary of State for Justice said: ‘Terrible scenes at the US Congress today.
‘To our great friends in the US, we have always admired your peaceful transfers of power and the graceful acceptance by candidates of both electoral victory and defeat.
‘Those who seek to undermine this must never prevail.’
An army of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed Congress Wednesday after he told them to march on the Capitol – with Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi and lawmakers rushed to safety as thousands threatened to break through police barricades
Robert Buckland has led politicians from across spectrum slamming ‘terrible scenes’ at the US Capitol saying Donald Trump’s mob ‘must never prevail’
Member of Parliament for Ashford Damian Green said: ‘One basic glory of democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. Can the many decent Republicans speak out?’
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘The scenes from the Capitol are utterly horrifying.
‘Solidarity with those in [the US] on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power.
‘Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.’
Labour leader Keir Starmer said: ‘Horrendous scenes from the US.
‘These are not ”protestors” – this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people.’
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: ‘Storming Capitol Hill is wrong. The protesters must leave.’
Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, Emily Thornberry, said: ‘According to reports, President Trump is currently sitting in the West Wing watching TV.
‘He refuses to accept advice that he must order his supporters to get out of the Capitol. #ShameonTrump.’
She later tweeted a picture of a protester inside Nancy Pelosi’s office, saying: ‘This guy broke into the heavily protected office of Speaker Nancy Polosi.
‘What we are witnessing is a direct attack on US democracy and a very dangerous situation. #ShameonTrump .’