It comes after Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday morning, aged 99.
South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay told The Sunday Telegraph: “The towering figure that was the Duke of Edinburgh deserve a permanent tribute to his support for the country, the Commonwealth and the Queen.”
Former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry added: “The Duke of Edinburgh was well known for his love of Britannia – it is a fitting tribute to now create a new royal yacht named the Duke of Edinburgh in his memory and for the Queen.”
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Sources at Number 10 have reportedly said the proposals were a “nice idea”, but wider plans for UK shipbuilding would have to be considered first.
Also speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, one Cabinet minister said: “Having a symbol of the nation that can travel the world, be used by the Royal family and have another sensible purpose such as helping young people is a better scheme. It could also be a flagship for reinvigorated British shipbuilding.”
However, the idea has been met with fierce criticism online, with many pointing to other policy areas where the £190 million sum could be spent:
It isn’t the first time that expensive modes of transport have come under fire, afterThe Independent revealed that the Government had acquired a second ‘Brexit jet’ for the Prime Minister.
In sum, when you’re dealing with the economic and social fallout of a global pandemic, there are probably more crowd-pleasing ways to spend nearly £200 million than on a shiny new boat or plane.