May 19, 2024
May’s Brexit Negotiator Olly Robbins Handed a Knighthood
Olly Robbins was not the only controversial anti-Brexit figure to be handed a knighthood. In 2017, former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was made a Sir in the New Year’s honours list, while veteran Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage was snubbed.
Olly Robbins was not the only controversial anti-Brexit figure to be handed a knighthood. In 2017, former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was made a Sir in the New Year’s honours list, while veteran Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage was snubbed.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May’s adviser Oliver Robbins has been handed a knighthood, despite the Brexit deal he assisted crafting being rejected three times in the House of Commons.

Prince William knighted the former Brexit negotiator a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for his supposed public service on Tuesday. Mrs May had named the civil servant in her resignation honours list late last year.

The honour proved controversial, given Mr Robbins, now titled Sir Olly, was blamed not only for the failure of May’s deal to pass but was accused of attempting to block the United Kingdom from leaving the EU.

“I would have thought a Legion d’honneur would have been more appropriate for his services to the European Union,” a Conservative MP said in September when it was announced the career bureaucrat would be honoured with a knighthood.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had accused the Civil Service of trying to thwart Brexit, saying in October 2018 during May’s talks with the bloc: “The problem I’m afraid is there is a rogue element in these negotiations. A group of people who do not wish to see a solution, who put up an immovable brick wall to stop us from breaking free. I regret to say it isn’t your chief negotiator Monsieur Barnier, it is actually the British civil service, Olly Robbins’ team.

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