Red, white and blue makeover for plane used by PM unveiled

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

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.

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CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: RAF Voyager, the aircraft used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family, takes flight for the first time, since receiving a £900,000 makeover, on June 25, 2020 in Cambridge, England. It is hoped by Ministers that the new colour scheme will boost "brand Britain" during the trade takes that are set to happen in the future, post-Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family on the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family taxies to the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family on the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family on the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family on the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family on the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family on the runway at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and the royal family taxies at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager aircraft used by the Prime Minister and the royal family emerges from a hangar at Cambridge airport where it has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
File photo dated 25/07/17 of an RAF Voyager used by the Prime Minister and members of the royal family which is being repainted in the colours of the Union flag. The grey RAF Voyager jet is receiving a pre-planned makeover at an airport in Cambridge, with red, white and blue expected to be used.
The RAF Voyager aircraft used by the Prime Minister and the royal family is partially visible in a hangar at Cambridge airport where it is being repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
The RAF Voyager aircraft used by the Prime Minister and the royal family emerges from a hangar at Cambridge airport where it is has been repainted in the colours of the Union flag at a cost of almost �1 million.
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: RAF Voyager, the aircraft used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family, takes flight for the first time, since receiving a £900,000 makeover, on June 25, 2020 in Cambridge, England. It is hoped by Ministers that the new colour scheme will boost "brand Britain" during the trade takes that are set to happen in the future, post-Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: RAF Voyager, the aircraft used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family, takes flight for the first time, since receiving a £900,000 makeover, on June 25, 2020 in Cambridge, England. It is hoped by Ministers that the new colour scheme will boost "brand Britain" during the trade takes that are set to happen in the future, post-Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: RAF Voyager, the aircraft used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family, takes flight for the first time, since receiving a £900,000 makeover, on June 25, 2020 in Cambridge, England. It is hoped by Ministers that the new colour scheme will boost "brand Britain" during the trade takes that are set to happen in the future, post-Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: RAF Voyager, the aircraft used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family, takes flight for the first time, since receiving a £900,000 makeover, on June 25, 2020 in Cambridge, England. It is hoped by Ministers that the new colour scheme will boost "brand Britain" during the trade takes that are set to happen in the future, post-Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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But the cost of the respray was condemned by opposition politicians when it was revealed earlier this month.

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."

Mr 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.

He also complained in 2018 while foreign secretary that the RAF Voyager jet, which is shared by the Prime Minister, senior Cabinet members and the royal family, "never seems to be available".

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