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  Boris Johnson’s Scotland-Northern Ireland tunnel plans axed
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AuthorJamie Grierson
News DateTuesday, September 14, 2021 02:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA controversial plan to build a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland has been ditched before ground was broken, it has been reported, as the Treasury clamps down on spending.

The proposed link, described as the “world’s most stupid tunnel” by Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, had a price tag of about £15bn and the backing of the prime minister.

But an unnamed government official with knowledge of Treasury spending negotiations has told the Financial Times the plans are “dead, at least for now”.

The decision comes as the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, conducts a spending review before presenting an autumn budget on 27 October.

Johnson was reportedly keen to link Northern Ireland to Great Britain as part of a broader vision to connect the constituent parts of the UK. But others have questioned whether the prime minister was genuine or seeking a distraction, noting that talk of bridging the Irish Sea follows similarly grandiose and ultimately undeliverable schemes he dreamed up while mayor of London.
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