'How can they block Boaty McBoatface but allow Brexit?' ask angry Twitter users

'Boaty means Boaty' - Twitter angered as Boaty McBoatface is no more

Sir David Attenborough took part in the keel-laying ceremony (Getty)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Twitter users have suggested the public's decision to name a new research ship 'Boaty McBoatface' should have been allowed to stand, asking why this was blocked when Brexit was waved through.

Construction begins today on the new ship, which will be named RSS Sir David Attenborough after the legendary naturalist.

The public voted earlier this year to name the ship Boaty McBoatface, but the decision was overruled by science minister Jo Johnson.

Despite the fact there will also be a remote-controlled sub-sea vehicle on board the ship honouring the name 'the Boaty', many have been outraged at their original vote being overturned - and those who are still angry about Brexit were quick to highlight the inconsistency in the government's approach to popular votes.

Read the responses below: