For the sake of economy. Rishi Sunak postpones construction of new royal yacht
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This will save him 290 million euros, but more than three million have already been spent on consultation and planning.
New Prime Minister Great Britain's Rishi Sunak “sank” the beloved ambitious project of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson to build a new royal yacht. Express writes about it.
The idea of creating a new vessel was lobbied by Boris Johnson, being prime minister, his successor in this post, Liz Truss, did not oppose it. Although critics called the idea of building a new royal yacht a “vanity project”, Johnson himself believed that the new royal yacht would become a symbol of the UK's global power. He wanted to build a new yacht to replace the royal yacht “Britannia”, which was decommissioned in 1997.
The current government will postpone the project as part of cost-cutting measures.
Among the bureaus submitting proposals for the construction of the royal yacht were such “monsters” as were Foster + Partners, Renzo Piano and the Zaha Hadid agency, as well as designers John Pawson and Philippe Starck.
Work was scheduled to begin in 2022 year. It was assumed that the new royal yacht will not be a personal “toy” of the royal family, but will be used as a business platform to accommodate foreign dignitaries. It would also be used during the Prime Minister's visits to other countries.
But Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has now asked all departments to look for savings funds to help weather the economic crisis. And last night, high-ranking Downing Street sources confirmed that the yacht would no longer be built.
The 4,500-ton vessel, which was supposed to carry 200 sailors, was to be built in Newcastle or Glasgow, creating jobs and helping to level up northern Britain. The vessel had to be environmentally friendly and modern.