FILE PHOTO: The Union Jack flag flies at half mast subsequent to the London Eye after Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth, died on the age of 99, in London, Britain, April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File PhotographReuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is to construct a brand new flagship to advertise its enterprise and commerce pursuits all over the world, the federal government mentioned on Saturday, in a transfer it mentioned would additionally increase the ailing shipbuilding trade.
Britain mentioned the ship, as soon as constructed, would host excessive degree commerce negotiations and commerce reveals, and the price of the undertaking can be confirmed as soon as manufacturing contracts had been tendered.
“This new nationwide flagship would be the first vessel of its sort on the earth, reflecting the UK’s burgeoning standing as an ideal, unbiased maritime buying and selling nation,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned.
The federal government mentioned it might be the primary nationwide flagship since HMY (Her Majesty’s Yacht) Britannia was decommissioned in 1997.
A flagship to advertise world commerce has lengthy been advocated by proponents of Brexit, who spotlight the chances for brand new free commerce agreements now Britain has left the European Union.
Critics, nevertheless, level to disruption to commerce with the EU, Britain’s greatest export market, following the nation’s departure from the EU’s orbit firstly of the yr. There has additionally been an influence on intra-UK commerce from Nice Britain to Northern Eire.
The federal government mentioned the title of the ship can be introduced sooner or later. The Sunday Telegraph reported this month it might be named after Queen Elizabeth’s late husband Prince Philip.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout Modifying by Mark Potter)
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