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Revealed: ministers in talks about commissioning new Royal Yacht Britannia for post-Brexit Britain

 

Ministers have held talks about commissioning a new Royal Yacht Britannia which will be a “showcase for everything that is best in Britain”, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse minister, disclosed that he discussed the plans for a new “Brexit-annia” with Liam Fox, the International Trade secretary, this week. Mr Berry also said that business leaders in the north of England were sick of “London-centric, whinging” about Brexit and urged critics to get behind the Government. HMY Britannia – which is now a visitor attraction in Edinburgh – was controversially decommissioned by Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1997. A secret naval design for a replacement for Britannia was drawn up by naval staff and approved by representatives of the royal family but the Labour Government refused to pay for it. The new replacement – estimated to cost £100million to build and £10million a year to run – would be a way for Britain to project  “the soft power of our nation around the world”, Mr Berry said. The Daily Telegraph has been campaigning for a new Britannia to help win deals for Britain after Britain leaves the European Union. Scores of Tory MPs, including Mr Berry, backed the campaign. Speaking to Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, Mr The new design for Royal Yacht BritanniaBerry – who entered the government in June – said: “My views are well known in this area. “They are my personal views rather than Government views but I hope one day we can see the return of ‘Brexit-annia’ we can almost call her to the waves.” “It would be fantastic opportunity to show the best of British manufacturing on a global scale. “I have not changed my mind I still think that a new Royal Yacht Britannia would be a fantastic showcase for this Government. “In my meeting with Liam Fox yesterday we discussed this and we were saying what a great thing it could be.” The new royal yacht would be privately funded and would not become a “plaything for minor royals” but a catalyst for trade deals for “global Britain”, Mr Berry said. He said: “It is not proposed that one cent of taxpayers’ money is spent on this thing and it is not proposed that it is a plaything for minor royals to jet around the world and have a nice time with their girlfriends or husbands and wives on it. “It is proposed that it is a ship for Her Majesty the Queen, a floating palace that can be moved around the world. But when it is not in use by our monarch it is to be used as a showcase for everything that is best in Britain.” The new yacht would be “a huge benefit to our global ambitions and trade”, he Jake Berry with his dog Lolasaid.“As global Britain goes around the world trying to do trade deals we frankly need every single bullet in our armoury to put in our gun to fire. “Anything we can do to support that concept of global Britain, do free trade deals, support businesses across the north of England and elsewhere, I think we should certainly give consideration to.” Mr Berry, who has spent the past few months touring the north of England speaking to businesses in his capacity as Northern Powerhouse minister, said northern firms were sick of the “London centric whinging” about Brexit. He said: “One thing people are consistent about whenever I go around the north of England – there are two things people say to me. “They say ‘that Theresa May, she is a grand lass’ – and guess what I agree with them – and they also say ‘stop this London-centric, whinging back-biting talking the country down – get behind our Government, get behind our Prime Minister and let’s make Brexit a success’.” Mr Berry, a leading Remain supporter at last year’s referendum, said he would now vote to leave if there were a second referendum. He said: “I was a Remain supporter – I would certainly vote to leave. The reason I would vote to leave is I was always a reluctant Remainer but I put great store by the doomladen predictions by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne – I worked in the Treasury with him at the time. “As very little – if any of that – has come to pass I recant my vote to remain and having seen how Britain can grow and thrive outside the European, there isn’t another referendum but if there were, I would vote to leave because I want to go forwards on this project and make global Britain a success.”

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