Boris Johnson wants a colourful Brexit plane to fly him around the world promoting 'Global Britain'

Carl Court / GettyForeign Secretary Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up at the Conservative Party Conference 2016
  • Boris Johnson has called for a new plane to fly ministers around the world promoting post-Brexit trade.
  • The foreign secretary is on the second leg of a five-day trip to South America.
  • Of the current plane used by ministers, Johnson said: “I don’t know who uses it, but it never seems to be available. And also, why does it have to be grey?”
  • Johnson previously called for a 22-mile bridge across the Channel with France, a newly commissioned Royal Yacht, and a set of commemorative stamps to mark Brexit.

LONDON – Boris Johnson has called for a new plane to fly him around the world promoting his post-Brexit vision for trade and suggested the current plane isn’t colourful enough.

Speaking to reporters in Buenos Aires, where he was on the second leg of a five-day trip to South America, Johnson said the official Voyager plane which is used by ministers wasn’t always available and suggested its livery was too drab.

“The taxpayers won’t want us to have some luxurious new plane, but I certainly think it’s striking that we don’t seem to have access to such a thing at the moment,” he told The Guardian.

“What I will say about the Voyager, I think it’s great, but it seems to be very difficult to get hold of. It never seems to be available. I don’t know who uses it, but it never seems to be available. And also, why does it have to be grey?”

Johnson has previously called for a number of measures to boost Britain’s standing after Brexit, including a 22-mile bridge across the Channel with France, a newly commissioned Royal Yacht, and a set of commemorative stamps.

“Look, I’m on record, I definitely think that we should have a flagship,” he told the Guardian. “But if there’s a way of doing it that is not exorbitantly expensive, then yes, I think we probably do need something.”

Former prime minister David Cameron spent £10 million fitting out an RAF Voyager jet shortly before he resigned in 2016. It is intended for the use of senior ministers and members of the royal family.

Johnson is mostly using commercial airlines throughout his current trip.

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