‘Brexit plane’ used by Boris Johnson to be repainted to red, white and blue

PUBLISHED: 17:46 16 June 2020 | UPDATED: 18:38 16 June 2020

Boris Johnson reads a newspaper on a plane. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

Boris Johnson reads a newspaper on a plane. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

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The plane used to fly Boris Johnson around the world is to be repainted the colours of the union flag, after the prime minister complained about the grey colour, and wanted it to become a ‘Brexit plane’.

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The grey RAF Voyager jet - also used by the royal family - is receiving a pre-planned makeover at an airport in Cambridge, with red, white and blue expected to be used.

Sky News reported a defence source saying the paint job sounded like something “from Austin Powers”.

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Boris Johnson has previously questioned why the plane is grey, saying as foreign secretary that he wanted to have a “Brexit plane” to help him travel the world and promote the government’s Brexit vision.


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He complained in 2018 that the RAF Voyager jet, which is shared by the prime minister, senior cabinet members and the royal family, “never seems to be available”.

“Boris doesn’t like it being grey. He is getting it painted up,” the source told Sky.

An RAF source told the PA news agency that speculation that such a plane would have an “appropriate paint scheme based on the Union flag would not be incorrect”.

A spokesman for the Royal Air Force said: “An RAF Voyager is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned works.”

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