The Brexit Party leader told LBC’s Iain Dale he is “better off without it” when asked whether he would like his political achievements to be recognised with a knighthood. Nigel Farage’s supporters have been calling for Boris Johnson to add his name to the list of people who will receive the honorary award this year since it was announced Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton received one.
Celebrating the first day of the UK’s freedom from EU shackles, Mr Farage said the success of the UK’s breakaway from the European Union marks the beginning of the end for the bloc.
He said: “Just look at what’s happening in Brussels. You’ve got the Polish and the Hungarians vetoing the budget.
“You’ve got a eurozone which is driving the south into deeper and deeper poverty.
“I think at some point Italy will just have to leave that eurozone.
“I don’t think there will even be a European Union in 10 years time.”
He added: “I think in a year or two time you will see a lot of mainstream opinion across European politics saying ‘you know what? Why don’t we have a Europe of trade, cooperation, friendship? Why don’t we have a Europe that my parents’ generation thought they were signing up to nearly 50 years ago?’
“So I don’t think there will be any rejoining of this.”
Among those receiving the award, Angela Eagle, long-time MP for Wallasey in Merseyside and known for her work promoting women’s and minority rights, was made a dame for parliamentary and political service.
Former attorney general Geoffrey Cox QC receives a knighthood.
The MP for Torridge and West Devon caused controversy after advising the Government that it was legal to prorogue Parliament for five weeks in autumn 2019 – a move later ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court.
The oldest person on the list is Anne Baker, 106, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, who receives an MBE for fundraising for the NSPCC.
She is closely followed by 104-year-old Ruth Saunders, from Newbury in Berkshire, who gets an MBE for walking a marathon to raise money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Mrs Baker, who described her award as a “great surprise and a great honour”, has been helping the NSPCC for more than half a century and normally holds an annual coffee morning, but was forced to take her fundraising efforts online by the lockdown. She set up a JustGiving page which attracted donations from as far away as Austria and the US, almost tripling her usual total.
She said: “We couldn’t hold it this year but we still managed to raise £4,000 instead of having our usual party, so we were pleased and grateful to everyone who contributed to that.”
Among the more unusual efforts being honoured are those of Veronica Main from Hazlemere in Buckinghamshire, who receives an MBE for services to Straw Hat Plaiting and Endangered Crafts Skills.
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One of the big names from behind the scenes to receive a gong is two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, who is based in California and is knighted in the overseas list.
He has received 15 Academy Award nominations over the course of his career, winning for the films Blade Runner 2049 and 1917.
Screenwriter and producer Jed Mercurio, who held the nation spellbound with TV hits including Line Of Duty and Bodyguard, is made an OBE.
From the world of fashion, ground-breaking make-up artist Pat McGrath – dubbed the “most influential make-up artist in the world” by Vogue – becomes a dame for services to the fashion and beauty industry and to diversity.
Ms McGrath said she was “truly delighted and humbled” to receive the honour, crediting her mother for inspiring her love of beauty and fashion.