PM puts price on ‘very good’ idea for Irish Sea bridge


Boris Johnson has put a price on his “very good” idea for a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

“It would only cost about £15bn,” the prime minister informed a gaggle of schoolchildren as he visited a ship on the Thames.

Mr Johnson informed the youngsters, who have been enjoying with a mannequin container on board the lighthouse tender NLV Pharos, that he had not too long ago been speaking about constructing a bridge over the Irish Sea.

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He stated: “[I was talking yesterday] about constructing a bridge from Stranraer in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland – that might be superb.

“It would solely value about £15bn.”

The PM has reportedly requested authorities officers for recommendation on the prices and dangers of such a challenge.

He first advised the idea whereas serving as international secretary, telling the Sunday Times final 12 months: “What we have to do is construct a bridge between our islands. Why do not we? Why do not we?

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“There is so much more we can do, and what grieves me about the current approach to Brexit is that we are just in danger of not believing in ourselves, not believing in Britain.”

Mr Johnson has additionally reportedly advised constructing a bridge throughout the English Channel to hyperlink France with the UK.

Northern Ireland’s DUP, which helps Mr Johnson’s minority authorities in key parliamentary votes, help proposals for a bridge with Scotland.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to apprentices as he visits the NLV Pharos, a lighthouse tender moored on the river Thames
Image: Boris Johnson speaks to apprentices as he visits the NLV Pharos

The get together hopes it will carry financial advantages to each international locations.

The bridge has additionally been touted as a possible resolution to the Brexit backstop problem.

Part of the withdrawal settlement Theresa May negotiated with the EU, the backstop is an insurance coverage coverage designed to keep away from the return of a tough border on the island of Ireland.

But the DUP and lots of Conservative MPs are against it, as a result of it will imply adhering to EU guidelines and laws for an indefinite interval.