‘No specific plans’ for Boris Johnson’s Channel bridge
Downing Street has said there are “no specific plans” for a bridge between the UK and France after Boris Johnson floated the idea of a “fixed link”.
The UK foreign secretary reportedly ran the idea past French President Emmanuel Macron at a summit on Thursday.
Mr Johnson said the UK-France summit, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May, had agreed to establish a panel of experts to look at major projects.
The Foreign Secretary is understood to want a new fixed link between the UK and France and believes “it’s crazy that two of the biggest economies in the world are connected by one railway line when they are only 20 miles apart”.
Sources close to Mr Johnson said the French President was enthusiastic about the idea.
A joint declaration after the summit at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, said: “The United Kingdom and France have a long history of collaboration in delivering cutting-edge technologies.
“Whether pioneering supersonic travel or better connecting our countries through the Channel Tunnel, cooperation between our nations has produced radical innovation.
“We will continue to partner to invest in the technologies of tomorrow, including through a joint scheme, supported by up to €100,000 (£88,000) per year, to support academic exchanges, scientific collaboration, and innovation. ”
The communique added: “As we look to the future of our relationship through the 21st century, we have agreed to establish a joint group of eminent and qualified persons to examine other options for future cooperation, including for significant projects.”
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Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42743909
Source : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-bridge-english-channel-theresa-may-emmanuel-macron-channel-tunnel-uk-france-summit-a8167076.html