Europe

Proposal to revive royal yacht draws fans, foes in Britain

The U.K. may be sailing into an uncertain future outside the European Union, but if campaigners have their way, Britannia will rule the waves again.

A Conservative lawmaker and the Daily Telegraph newspaper are proposing to recommission the royal yacht Britannia, former berth of Queen Elizabeth II, and send it around the world as a floating trade mission.

The yacht was retired in 1997, and is now a tourist attraction moored in Edinburgh.

Conservative lawmaker Jake Berry says it should either be brought back into service or a new yacht built to help "bring in billions of pounds' worth of trade deals for post-Brexit Britain."

But columnist Tanya Gold, in Wednesday's Guardian newspaper, said Britain should not turn to nationalism by reviving a vessel that "floated on nostalgia."