Tory Hopes Of New ‘Virility Symbol’ Brexit Trade Deal Royal Yacht Sunk By Government

MPs hoping the government would build a multi-million-pound royal yacht to help it negotiate trade deals once the UK leaves the EU had their dreams sunk on Tuesday.

In the wake of the referendum, Theresa May’s government is grappling with how to strike scores of new international trade agreements.

Tory MPs and others want the prime minister to commission a replacement for Britannia, the royal yacht retired in 1997. The Daily Telegraph is campaigning for a replacement to be built at an estimated cost of around £100m.

Former Tory defence minister, Sir Gerald Howarth told a parliamentary debate in the secondary Westminster Hall chamber today it was “very important to the dignity of our country” that a new boat be bought for the “modest” price.

“I think it was one of the darker moments of my political life, the picture of Her Majesty the Queen, standing on the dockside, as the Royal Yacht Britannia was finally decommissioned,” he said.

Meanwhile in the Commons, other MPs debated the bloody civil war in Syria and allegations of Russian war crimes in the besieged city of Aleppo.

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