Boris Johnson has stated a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland would be ‘very good’ and would ‘only cost about £15 billion’.
The Prime Minister mentioned the bold plan with schoolchildren enjoying with a mannequin container ship on board a lighthouse tender on the Thames in London.
Johnson informed pupils aboard the NLV Pharos that he was speaking yesterday about constructing the bridge from Stranraer in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland.
He informed them: ‘That would be very good. It would only cost about £15 billion.’
It follows experiences that the PM has requested authorities officers for recommendation on the prices and dangers of such a mission.
Building the 28 mile lengthy ‘Brexit bridge’, which has been estimated to cost between £15 billion and £20 billion, would be no simple feat.
Renowned engineer James Duncan stated the possibilities of pulling the mission off with out a drawback would be ‘about as fanciful as building a bridge to the Moon’.
It would run adjoining to Beaufort’s Dyke, a 30 mile lengthy, 900ft deep trench which the Ministry of Defence dumped munitions in between finish of World War 1 and the Seventies.
As effectively as 1.5 million tons of explosives, in addition they dumped mustard gasoline and nerve agent Sarin and radioactive waste from the UK’s nuclear weapons programme, MailOnline experiences.
There isn’t any full map of the weapons dump so it would be tough to discover a means to utterly steer clear.
Winds within the North Channel – the a part of the Irish sea between Scotland and Northern Ireland – can whip up uneven and dangerous seas.
Quite a lot of 1,400ft tall assist towers would additionally want to be constructed, transported on web site and thoroughly dropped and stuck into the ocean mattress.
The DUP, who prop Johnson’s minority authorities, assist proposals for a bridge which they hope may carry financial advantages to each international locations.
A bridge has additionally been touted as a possible answer to the Irish backstop association, on which Johnson an the European Union stay at loggerheads over.
Johnson first introduce the thought whereas serving as overseas secretary, telling the Sunday Times final yr: ‘What we need to do is build a bridge between our islands. Why don’t we? Why don’t we?
‘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.’
Last yr Johnson raised the prospect of a bridge between the UK and France following top-level talks between the 2 international locations.
He stated ‘good connections’ have been necessary and instructed the Channel Tunnel might be thought of as a ‘first step’.