LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – A plane used by Britain’s Royal Family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be painted red, white and blue to “better represent the UK around the world,” a spokesman for Johnson said on Wednesday.
Johnson has spearheaded Britain’s departure from the European Union and is keen to foster a sense of patriotism when Brexit, which happened earlier this year, is cemented with the end of a status quo transition period.
“The RAF Voyager used by the royal family and the prime minister is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned repainting,” the spokesman told reporters.
“This will mean that the plane can better represent the UK around the world with national branding … while also retaining its military air-to-air refuelling capability,” he said, adding it would cost 900,000 pounds ($1.1 million) to repaint the plane in the colours of the British flag. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)