Boris Johnson says bridge connecting Ulster and Scotland would ‘only’ cost £15bn

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Boris Johnson has been banging the drum for his bridge connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland today – saying it will ‘only’ cost £15billion to build.

The Prime Minister said the epic post-Brexit project would be ‘very good’ – despite claims that the engineering work required make it almost impossible.

Potential problems identified with the scheme include deep water, the weather, and the fact that large quantities of munitions were previously ditched there.  

However, Mr Johnson played down the obstacles as he spoke to schoolchildren playing with a model container ship onboard lighthouse tender NLV Pharos on the Thames today.

He said he had been talking ‘about building a bridge from Stranraer in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland – that would be very good’.

He added: ‘It would only cost about £15billion.’

Boris Johnson (pictured in London today) said the epic project would be 'very good' - despite claims that the engineering work required make it almost impossible.

Boris Johnson (pictured in London today) said the epic project would be 'very good' - despite claims that the engineering work required make it almost impossible.

Boris Johnson (pictured in London today) said the epic project would be ‘very good’ – despite claims that the engineering work required make it almost impossible.

Boris Johnson has asked officials at the Department for Transport to produce a ‘factual paper’ on the feasibility of building a bridge across the Irish Sea

Boris Johnson has asked officials at the Department for Transport to produce a ‘factual paper’ on the feasibility of building a bridge across the Irish Sea

Boris Johnson has asked officials at the Department for Transport to produce a ‘factual paper’ on the feasibility of building a bridge across the Irish Sea

Mr Johnson played down the obstacles as he spoke to schoolchildren playing with a model container ship onboard lighthouse tender NLV Pharos on the Thames today

Mr Johnson played down the obstacles as he spoke to schoolchildren playing with a model container ship onboard lighthouse tender NLV Pharos on the Thames today

Mr Johnson played down the obstacles as he spoke to schoolchildren playing with a model container ship onboard lighthouse tender NLV Pharos on the Thames today

The premier has asked government officials for advice on the costs and risks of a bridge.

The DUP – who prop up Mr Johnson’s minority government – support the idea, which they hope could bring economic benefits to Northern Ireland and Scotland, but it has also been touted as a potential solution to the controversial backstop.

Mr Johnson first mooted the idea while serving as foreign secretary, telling the Sunday Times last year: ‘What we need to do is build a bridge between our islands. Why don’t we? Why don’t we?

‘There is so much more we can do, and what grieves me about the current approach to Brexit is that we are just in danger of not believing in ourselves, not believing in Britain.’

Mr Johnson last year reportedly suggested also building a bridge across the English Channel to connect the UK and France. 

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