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.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 4:45 pm

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.

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The Royal Yacht Britannia sailing into Portsmouth for the last time before being decommissioned in 1997.

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."