UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be exploring plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Johnson has asked government officials to look at the costs and risks of building a 28-mile bridge across the Irish Sea, Channel 4 News reported Tuesday.
The prime minister has reportedly asked officials to examine “where this money could come from” as well as “the risks around the project,” one of which appears to be unexploded bombs dropped into the sea during World War II.
Johnson first floated the idea of a Brexit bridge across the Irish Sea when he was foreign secretary in 2018 and has apparently revived it since entering Downing Street.
His proposal was, at the time, branded by one expert as a “thoughtless soundbite” that “no sane contractor or responsible government” would sanction.
Writing to The Sunday Times, James Duncan, a retired offshore engineer from Edinburgh, said the idea was “about as feasible as building a bridge to the moon.”
“Many long bridges have been built, but none across such a wide, deep and stormy stretch of water,” he continued.