GETTYBrexit news: The yacht is to secure post-Brexit trade agreements
The ship dubbed “le trade yacht” is designed to secure post-Brexit trade agreements with countries outside the EU, and particularly the Commonwealth, it has been reported.
A share of the estimated £350million cost of the new yacht will be added to the £37billion Brexit bill that the UK must already pay to leave the EU, Brussels sources said.
An EU source said last night: “Now the Brits are gone, Europe can rule the waves.”
The yacht will have 27 bedrooms for national leaders, the world’s longest floating bar and a lifeboat called “Article 50”.Related articles
News of the EU yacht plan is likely to enrage Brexiteers as Theresa May is resisting pressure to commission a replacement for the royal yacht.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is said to be enthusiastic about having a federal yacht.
According to his biographer, Avril Poisson, the EU chief has been angling for a vessel since he visited HMY Britannia in 1987 when he was Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
Britannia is thought to have secured £3billion in trade