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US NewsBoris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland

13:50  11 september  2019
13:50  11 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Boris Johnson says his plan for a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland 'would only cost about £15 billion'

Boris Johnson says his plan for a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland 'would only cost about £15 billion' UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would be a "very good" idea to build a bridge over the Irish Sea.

BORIS JOHNSON is exploring plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland to fix the Brexit deadlock, it is claimed. The Prime Minister is said to have asked government officials to look at the costs and risks of a 28-mile bridge across the Irish Sea .

BORIS JOHNSON is exploring plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland to fix the Brexit deadlock, it is claimed. Last year, DUP politicians in Northern backed Mr Johnson 's plan for a £15billion " Brexit bridge " linking south-west Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland .

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  • Boris Johnson has asked officials to look at plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • The DUP, the Northern Irish party which supports Johnson's minority government, believes the plan could help solve the Brexit crisis by removing the need for a sea border between the two parts of the UK.
  • One retired offshore engineer has previously branded Johnson's plan - which he first floated last year when he was foreign secretary - a "thoughtless soundbite" which "no sane contractor or responsible government" would sanction.

Boris Johnson is exploring plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland which allies believe could solve the Brexit crisis.

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Boris Johnson thinks we ought to think 'seriously' about building a massive bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland , despite Boris Johnson believes the government should "seriously" consider a proposal by a Liverpool architect to build a £15 billion bridge between Scotland and

While still foreign secretary Boris Johnson asked the Treasury and Department for Transport to look at what the costs of building a bridge from Larne in Ulster to Officials have been asked by Boris Johnson to look at ambitious proposals to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland .

The prime minister has asked government officials to look at the costs and risks of building a 28-mile bridge across the Irish sea, Channel 4 News reported.

The prime minister has reportedly asked officials to examine "where this money could come from" as well as "the risks around the project," one of which appears to be unexploded bombs dropped into the Irish Sea during the Second World War.

Johnson first floated the idea of a Brexit bridge across the Irish Sea when he was Foreign Secretary in 2018 and has revived it since entering Downing Street.

His proposal was, at the time, branded by one expert as a "thoughtless soundbite" which "no sane contractor or responsible government" would sanction.

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Boris Johnson could build a bridge connecting Scotland with Northern Ireland (Image: GETTY). The Treasury and Transport Department have been "Whether it's around a bridge or in other ways strengthening the relationship between Scotland , the north of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is

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Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland

Writing to the Sunday Times, James Duncan, a retired offshore engineer from Edinburgh wrote: "I know this is about as feasible as building a bridge to the moon.

"Many long bridges have been built, but none across such a wide, deep and stormy stretch of water.

"For a great part of the 22-mile route the water is more than 1,000ft deep.

"It would require about 30 support towers at least 1,400ft high to carry the road deck across the deepest part and above the shipping channel.

"In total the bridge would require 54 towers, of heights never achieved anywhere in the world."

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which supports Johnson's minority government in parliament, believes a bridge could help to solve the Brexit crisis by removing the need for a sea border between the two islands.

Sammy Wilson, the DUP's Brexit spokesman, said at the time that the link would have a "major positive impact on both countries economically."

A government spokesperson told Channel 4: "Government regularly commissions work to examine the feasibility of projects.

"During the leadership campaign candidates spoke about a number of issues which resulted in Number 10 commissions ahead of a new Prime Minister taking over.

"This PM has made no secret of his support for infrastructure projects that increase connectivity for people and particularly those that strengthen the Union."

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Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson plans to solve Brexit by building a bridge over the sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland

The prime minister has floated the idea of building a bridge several times during his political career.

While he was Mayor of London, he backed a campaign for a "Garden Bridge" to stretch across the Thames.

The project was beset by expensive problems, and was eventually scrapped by his successor Sadiq Khan, but not before it had cost the taxpayer £43 million.

He has also previously said he wanted to see a bridge across the English Channel to unite France and England.

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