Scottish party leaders clash over 'ludicrous' Royal Yacht plans in fiery election debate

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The leaders of Scotland’s main political parties were invited to discuss the proposals to replace HMS Britannia on the BBC Scottish Leaders debate. Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, Lib Dem Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens also spoke out against plans set to be announced by Boris Johnson “within weeks” to construct a new royal yacht. Ms Sturgeon blasted the move, which is earmarked at £200 million, as “ludicrous”.

The SNP leader said: “The only reason Boris Johnson has been talking about this is to try to distract attention from the sleaze that is swirly around him and his government.

“Everybody should see through it.

“Frankly it is one more reason why Boris Johnson should not be the guy making the decisions about the future of Scotland.”

Mr Rennie also blasted the proposal as “ridiculous”.

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