The Queen has been called on to honour Nigel Farage with a knighthood
Ukip MEP Bill Etheridge has written to the Queen to ask her to consider honouring his party’s former leader for committing a quarter of a century to going “above and beyond” in getting the UK out of the bloc.
The Queen awards those who have served the realm on her official birthday each year, which this year is on June 10.
A committee, which has nine subcommittees in specialty areas, decides on about 1,350 people to put forward for the honours, which range from knighthoods to companions.
I believe Mr Farage has long deserved to be rewarded for devoting years of his life to independence from the EU
Bill Etheridge MEP
Following years of calling for Nigel Farage to be honoured, Mr Etheridge has taken the step of writing directly to the Queen, who has the final say.
His correspondence with Buckingham Palace comes after it was revealed earlier this year Ukip’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, who has now quit the party to become an independent, actively sought last year to prevent Mr Farage being awarded a knighthood.
In Mr Etheridge’s letter sent yesterday and seen by Express.co.uk, he said March 29, when Article 50 was triggered by Theresa May, signified “the beginning of the UK becoming an independent, sovereign nation once again”.
He said over the 25 years Mr Farage campaigned for an independent UK he faced “many personal hardships” including decades of being “derided in the media and facing direct physical and verbal attacks”.
However, last June’s referendum result “showed Mr Farage’s views were the ones in line with public opinion”, he wrote.
Mr Etheridge said the Queen’s Birthday Honours are a “uniquely British way of honouring those people who have gone above and beyond in bringing about what they believe is right, proper and just”.
Because of this, Mr Farage has “long deserved” to be rewarded, he added.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
Nigel Farage in pictures Mon, April 3, 2017
Nigel Farage is a British politician who has been the leader of the UK Independence Party since October 2016.
Getty 1 of 48
Nigel Farage in pictures
The West Midlands MEP said he was asking the Queen “on behalf of everyone who had the opportunity to have their say on our membership of the EU, regardless of whether they voted to leave or remain”.
He said honouring the ex-Ukip leader would be “gratefully received by millions of people here in the United Kingdom”.
Mr Farage has faced many physical and verbal attacks during his 25 year campaign
Mr Etheridge did not specify what type of honour he feels Mr Farage should be given, however Ukip confirmed to Express.co.uk "a knighthood would be appropriate".
Several petitions have been launched since the EU referendum calling for Mr Farage to be handed a knighthood, however Mr Etheridge’s letter is the first time the Queen has directly been asked to consider him.
MEP Bill Etheridge today wrote to the Queen asking for Mr Farage to be given a knighthood
Leaked emails revealed former Ukip MP Douglas Carswell stopped Mr Farage from being honoured
Whether Mr Farage actually wants a knighthood is another question, with the Ukip MEP last month saying he would not want a peerage.
Asked if he would like a peerage, Mr Farage told the BBC’s Today programme: “No, wouldn’t want one at all.
“I would not want a peerage, if something else came along, I might accept it but I would not want a peerage.”