'Boris Johnson raised the prospect of building a bridge or road tunnel between Britain and France during yesterday’s crunch summit.
The Foreign Secretary is understood to have put forward the idea of a second Channel Tunnel in the meetings at Sandhurst military academy.
He is understood to have told aides: ‘They are two of the world’s biggest economies and they are linked by a single railway. It is ridiculous.’
Mr Johnson had tweeted earlier in the day: ‘So much important work in [the UK-France summit] outcomes, but I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together.
‘Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?’ Such a move could bolster ties between France and the UK post-Brexit, it is believed.
Mr Johnson joined the Prime Minister and French president Emmanuel Macron at the summit yesterday, along with other Cabinet members.
Last year it was claimed the Foreign Secretary had plotted a multi-billion-pound highway to show the EU the UK was not giving up on Europe despite quitting the bloc.
Mr Johnson was said to have abandoned the idea after being talked out of it by his aide Will Walden.'
Read more: Boris calls for a bridge over the Channel: Foreign Secretary puts forward the idea during talks after claiming it is 'ridiculous' the UK and France are only connected by a railway
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