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Theresa May accused of ‘desperate’ move by knighting Brexiteer
John Redwood honored days after launching attack on PM’s Brexit plan.
Updated 12/29/18, 10:55 AM CET
Theresa May’s decision to give a knighthood to a prominent Brexiteer was dubbed a “desperate attempt” to secure support ahead of a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal.
John Redwood, a former Cabinet minister, has been a vocal critic of the deal that May secured with Brussels and on Thursday published a blog post entitled “8 things wrong with the Withdrawal Agreement.” In the post, he described the deal as being “an unbelievably bad Agreement for the UK and a great one for the EU.”
However, Redwood has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honors list, prompting accusations that May is using the system of awards to get MPs on her side before parliament votes on the deal on January 14.
Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP, told the Guardian the award smacked of desperation.
“I cannot see how it is anything but a desperate attempt to blunt criticism of the prime minister’s Brexit deal,” Moran said. “All this does is erode trust in politics. Knights of the realm are meant to represent the best of being British, not backstabbing Brexit extremists like John Redwood.”
Redwood was secretary of state for Wales in the John Major government and was widely mocked for badly miming during the Welsh national anthem at a party conference in 1993.