Government will consider new royal yacht to replace Britannia, Boris Johnson announces

Boris Johnson has backed a campaign for a new £100 million royal yacht, saying the move would attract “overwhelmingly support”. 

In a debate on the Budget last night the Foreign Secretary said the new yacht, to replace the Britannia which was decommissioned 20 years ago, would be considered by the government but it would have to be funded by private donations

He said: “It is my view that it would indeed add greatly to the soft power of this country, a soft power which is already very considerable.

“The new Britannia should not be a call on the taxpayer, if

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