Boris Johnson ‘considering building a bridge that links Scotland and Northern Ireland’

Boris Johnson ‘considering building a bridge that links Scotland and Northern Ireland’

On Monday, Mr Johnson said he had an "abundance of proposals" that could serve as an alternative to the Irish backstop, but is yet to reveal these plans.

Mr Donaldson's comments come as Mr Johnson wants to build a 12-mile bridge in a hope to break the Brexit impasse and remove the need for a border in the Irish Sea.

These include World War Two munitions in the Irish Sea.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Donaldson said: "Smuggling in northern Ireland has been a perennial problem I'm afraid I recently took part in a delegation for the British and Irish parliamentary assembly".

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

The Department for Transport produced a "factual paper on the subject" after previous discussions between the DUP and former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, since replaced by former Tory Chairman Grant Shapps.

Government spokesman told Channel 4 News: "Government regularly commissions work to examine the feasibility of projects".

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This represents a lead of 51% to 49% for unification when those who said they don't know and would not vote are excluded.

"It is undemocratic and unconstitutional and would place a tariff border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom".

"The political and symbolic importance of such a link can't be underestimated".

"I am an enthusiast for that idea, I'm going to put it out there, I think it's a good idea but again that is the kind of project that should be pursued by a dynamic Northern Ireland government championed by local people with local consent and interest, backed by local business and mobilised by the politicians in Northern Ireland", he said.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also refused to rule out the idea when pressed on the matter earlier this year.

He estimated the cost would be between £15 billion and £20bn.

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