Johnson considering building bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

Anti-brexit banners are tied to railings opposite Parliament in London Monday Sept. 9 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached so Britain leaves the European Union by Oct. 31. (AP

The PM reportedly asked civil servants to find out "where this money could come from" and "the risks around the project".

Documents seen by Channel 4 News indicate the Department for Transport and Treasury have been quizzed about the viability of the project with Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking information about potential costs and any risks attached.

Johnson will meet leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish party which supports his government, later on Tuesday to discuss Brexit.

"Mr Johnson's stupid, unsafe fantasy can not become Ireland's nightmare, because Brexit is a very English problem and the consequences of it can not be shifted on to Ireland".

Number 10 has insisted it has not commissioned any work on the project, and that the work was done by the civil service during the Tory leadership election as possible schemes for a new prime minister to pursue.

This equates to a lead of 51% to 49% for unification if "don't knows" and those who say they would not vote are excluded.


Speaking in August 2018, Jane Morrice - formerly the deputy Speaker in the Stormont Assembly and a former head of the European Commission in Belfast - said the link "might help to rid these islands of the dire consequences of Brexit and break the Brussels logjam".

But the fact the project has been developed shows the lengths the Government is prepared to try to unpick the problems it faces with a potential border between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has not ruled out the concept, but previously said it had "a lot of challenges" during a visit to Dublin in May.

Given the choice between leaving with a deal that includes the backstop or leaving with no-deal, six in ten Northern Ireland voters (including 96% of nationalists) said they would choose the backstop.

Professor Dunlop suggested the cost of such a project would be somewhere in the region of £15 billion to £20 billion.

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