10 things you said about...New national flagship to replace Royal Yacht Britannia will 'promote best of British' to the world, says Boris Johnson
A new national flagship, the successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia, will promote British trade and industry around the world, Boris Johnson has said.
The vessel will be used to host trade fairs, ministerial summits and diplomatic talks as the UK seeks to build links and boost exports following Brexit.
A name for the vessel has not been announced, but the Prime Minister has faced pressure from campaigners and Tory MPs to name it after the Duke of Edinburgh, who played a role in designing Britannia.
The Government intends to build the ship in the UK, at a reported cost of up to £200 million.
Here is what you said:
Michael Pretty - "Fill some potholes instead, let the royals build their own yacht!"
Kevin Jones - "And yet they offer nurses a 1 per cent pay rise"
Murray Craigen - "Powered by wind, electric or hot air?"
Stephen Duffin - "Total waste of money. Spend on housing the homeless."
Eric G Howgate - "Sort out British roads, pensions and the National Health Service properly then consider building a flagship."
Tim Roberts - "The country is broke. If the Royals want a new boat then they can pay for it themselves. NHS workers were offered a 1 per cent pay rise. Use this money for them instead."
Jack Quarmby - "Just bring Britannia back, £2 million should do the trick. If we need one at all."
Brian Foster - "Total waste of money."
Nicholas Brough - "The Royal family brings about 2.8 billion in tourism which helps local and national economies. which in turn keeps people in employment."
Ron Salt - "Spend the money on something useful."