Boris Johnson’s new-look ‘Brexit plane’ unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:03 25 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:03 25 June 2020

The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family taxies to the runway at Cambridge airport. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family taxies to the runway at Cambridge airport. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The new paint job costing almost £1 million on the plane used by the prime minister has been unveiled.

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The RAF Voyager – which was previously a military grey colour – has been resprayed in white, with a Union flag on the tailfin and United Kingdom written in gold on the fuselage.

Boris Johnson had previously complained about the military paint scheme used on the jet, calling for one that resembled a ‘Brexit plane’.


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But the cost of the respray was condemned by opposition politicians when it was revealed earlier this month.

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Downing Street said the work would cost “around £900,000” and would mean that the plane could better represent the UK around the world with “national branding”.

Officials have insisted the plane would still be able to fulfil its military role as an air-to-air refuelling tanker.

At the time the price tag was revealed, the prime minister’s official spokesman said: “That incorporates the cost of creating a design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane’s vital military role.

“At every stage we have worked to ensure value for money for the UK taxpayer and all of the work has been undertaken in the UK, directly benefiting British suppliers.”

Johnson has previously questioned why the plane was grey, saying he would like to have a “Brexit plane” to help him travel the world and promote the government’s vision of global Britain.

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