The ship wins on the royal boat “Britannia”, which was discontinued in 1997 and later converted into a museum in Scotland. Construction of the new ship is scheduled to begin in 2022. There will be trade fairs, summits and diplomatic talks, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday night. A name has not yet been selected.
The ship “reflects Britain’s growing position as a large, independent maritime trading nation,” Johnson said. It is “a clear and strong indication of our determination to be an active player on the world stage.” The cost will be around 200 200 million (3 233 million) and the ship will operate for about 30 years. Conservative MPs are pushing for the building to be named after Prince Philip, the recently deceased husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
After Brexit, Johnson repeatedly stressed that the UK could now re-determine its own trade policy. In addition, the government is arming the military and wants to become the next leading naval force after the United States. However, important trade talks are currently stalled, for example with the United States, but also with Norway and Australia.