Public wants new ‘Britannia’, says poll
BRITANNIA: A project promoting the construction of a new flagship for Britain has received the thumbs up from the British public, according to a recent Ipsos MORI poll.
More than half of Britons (56%) believe the proposal to build a Commonwealth flagship to be appealing or very appealing, says the poll.
The survey was carried out on behalf of the New Flagship Company which is led by yachtsman and advertising entrepreneur Ian Maiden, who lives in Beaulieu, Hampshire.
The proposed vessel would be privately funded and used as a travelling exhibition centre to advance trade and tourism opportunities in poorer Commonwealth countries and to promote British and Commonwealth trade in general.
The ship would also be available for use by the Royal family and other Commonwealth heads of state whilst on official business.
The poll said 58% of Britons believe Britain should help less developed countries within the Commonwealth to trade their way out of poverty.
Six in ten Britons (59%) believe we should strengthen our trading links with Commonwealth countries, but only 34% believe it should at the expense of trade with the European Union.
“Nothing land based is as effective as a high profile ship when it comes to hosting a trade exhibition in foreign waters,” claims Ian Maiden. “The Commonwealth is an undervalued influence for stability in an uncertain world and the poll results show strong support for the ship in a Commonwealth promotional role.”
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