'Despite previous attempts to build bridges falling flat (not literally), UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reportedly backed a £15 billion ($20bn) project to link Northern Ireland to Britain.
According to the Telegraph, the gaffe-prone Foreign Secretary said plans to build a bridge across the Irish Sea, which have already been backed by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), should be “seriously” considered.
Northern Ireland’s DUP, which is currently propping up the Tory government, called for a feasibility research into building the bridge in its 2015 manifesto. The potential 14-mile bridge, running from Portpatrick on the west coast of Scotland to Larne or Bangor in Northern Ireland, is already being dressed up in optimistic post-Brexit language.
A source close to Mr Johnson told The Telegraph: “It's the kind of ambitious project we need to make a success of global Britain.”
Adding: “Boris thinks this is an interesting idea which should be looked at more seriously - as politicians in both Scotland and Northern Ireland have already said."
In an apparent sign of support, Johnson retweeted former Telegraph reporter, George Trefgarne, sharing a positive article about the bridge.
— George Trefgarne (@GeorgeTrefgarne) June 11, 2018
Trefgarne, who is now a PR consultant, hailed the bridge as a project that “would kick start economic growth, enthuse the DUP, support the Union, bring the country together and create a stability to Brexit which not even the EU could knock-off balance”.'
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