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