BREXIT: Should we build 4 big shiny new aircraft carriers? Watch

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The UK is estimated to save over £12billion each year following BREXIT.

With such a savings bonanza, should Britain go on a spending spree and build 4 brand spanking new giant aircraft carriers?!

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Given that current Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are estimated to cost about £3.1bn per carrier...
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(Original post by EtonWorldDoppler)
The UK is estimated to save over £12billion each year following BREXIT.

With such a savings bonanza, should Britain go on a spending spree and build 4 brand spanking new giant aircraft carriers?!

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Given that current Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are estimated to cost about £3.1bn per carrier...
For what purpose?
You also forgot the planes and personnel needed for them.
You also forgot that they have pledged to keep current EU subsidies going, so the amount of money is net £8-9 billion.
You also forget Boris has allocated that to the health service amongst other things.
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No we shouldn't. Britain doesn't need to defend itself, there is very little attracting would-be invaders to us, and we're doing a perfectly good job of ruining our own country without the need for foreign intervention.
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I would like to see a third aircraft carrier and then three smaller ones for drones and helicopters however right now I’d say that arresting the Boris deficit increase would be more prudent.
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the most likely scenario in the next few years is that Russia/China/NKorea/.... (mix and match as you like ) launch a massive online assault, combined with cutting the Atlantic internet cables and the satellite network.
this effectively renders all our infrastructure paralysed and the physical defence assets inoperable.
our analogue troops rely on digital communications for all aspects of their operation.

thus we should be investing £billions into protecting against these threats.
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If we're going to blow the extra cash on the military, 2 carriers are more than enough. Certainly, more funding for recruitment and more tanks and this ^^^^^ would be better options as our armed forces desperately needs them.
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(Original post by EtonWorldDoppler)
The UK is estimated to save over £12billion each year following BREXIT.

With such a savings bonanza, should Britain go on a spending spree and build 4 brand spanking new giant aircraft carriers?!

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Given that current Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are estimated to cost about £3.1bn per carrier...
What makes you think we will be £12 billion better off? Have you seen the deal Boris is yet to negociate with the EU?

Either way, a carrier by itself is poinless. It requires planes and a small fleet of battleships to defend it. And in a world of espionage, cyber wars and terrorism, such hardware is pretty pointless unless you are big on willy waving.
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We need more escort ships rather than more carriers.
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We need more escort ships rather than more carriers.
Agreed aircraft carriers are big targets and need to be defended.
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Double the Defence budget.

We used to spend 5% 30 years ago, now we fiddle the figures to get to 2%.
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yes spend all the money available...but there is no more money left in the purse...so where will the money come from ?...oh...borrow again from the bank of England and leave an IOU note for the future generations to pay off.....
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yes spend all the money available...but there is no more money left in the purse...so where will the money come from ?...oh...borrow again from the bank of England and leave an IOU note for the future generations to pay off.....
Did you vote Labour in the election, and if so do you realise what you were voting for?
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yes spend all the money available...but there is no more money left in the purse...so where will the money come from ?...oh...borrow again from the bank of England and leave an IOU note for the future generations to pay off.....
Oh, pipe down! Everybody knows that the most developed countries are also the countries with the biggest deficits!

The bigger your national deficit, the more advanced you are! We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!
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(Original post by EtonWorldDoppler)
The UK is estimated to save over £12billion each year following BREXIT.

With such a savings bonanza, should Britain go on a spending spree and build 4 brand spanking new giant aircraft carriers?!

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Given that current Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are estimated to cost about £3.1bn per carrier...
The defense budget should be raised, but the money should not go into new aircraft carriers for the time being, much of our equipment is outdated or in need of maintenance so really we should work on that first, then perhaps aim to grow our fleet with smaller ships and work our way up to the larger ones.
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I'd much rather see a bit if fiscal responsibility rather than the financial recklessness that has come to define the Conservative party and their supporters.
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Need more smaller ships
Particularly coastal ships.

But it all depends on if NATO will stick together which I doubt tbh.
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(Original post by EtonWorldDoppler)
The UK is estimated to save over £12billion each year following BREXIT.

With such a savings bonanza, should Britain go on a spending spree and build 4 brand spanking new giant aircraft carriers?!

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Given that current Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are estimated to cost about £3.1bn per carrier...
No.
We should build five a year for the next decade.
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Yeah, once we’ve left and homelessness goes up as a result as income falls, we’ll just stick everyone on them.
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Nothing wrong with power project. If politicians are willing to use them they'll be very useful indeed.

Compared to some things the government wastes money on they're a bargain
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