Jez Butterworth turned down OBE over Brexit referendum

17th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

British screenwriter and playwright Jez Butterworth rejected a top honour from Queen Elizabeth after then-Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to stage the referendum that would lead to Brexit.

The man behind the movie screenplays for Edge of Tomorrow and Black Mass has revealed he turned down an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal (OBE).

"I wasn't going to take a f**king OBE off the Conservative government, which was about to hold this f**king referendum," he tells The Sunday Times.

Cameron first promised to hold a referendum on Britain's links to the European Union in 2013 and promised to do so again during the 2015 General Election campaign.

He finally resigned when Brits voted to leave the EU.

He is not the only celebrated writer and filmmaker to turn down honours from the Queen - Danny Boyle and Ken Loach have also rejected medals.

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