The Irish Prime Minister said he would not reject the idea of building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, but insisted that the United Kingdom pay for it.
Boris Johnson and the Democratic Trade Union Party spoke for this idea.
Last week, the UK Prime Minister described it as a “very interesting idea” and added, “Watch this space.”
But Taoiseach said he also told Johnson that he would expect the UK to pay for it. “At that point, he proposed,” No, no, the EU will pay for it, “Varadkar said.
“It certainly will not, because neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland will be in the EU. But it was kind of half serious, eventually joking.
“In addition, I think that at least a high-level technical assessment should be made as to whether this is a viable proposal.”
Other parties were less enthusiastic about this idea, and Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken said that investment in Northern Ireland’s infrastructure was urgently needed.
Varadkar said, “I know people are throwing these things out of their hands, but they also used to pass the Channel Tunnel – the idea of building a tunnel between France and Britain – and I know what I see when I see a bridge tunnel between Denmark and Sweden when flying over New Orleans and you will see the 110-mile bridge, it’s extraordinary, ”he said.
“I think we have to check if it’s technically feasible and how much money it would cost.”
However, Varadkar said he was more interested in talking to Johnson about other projects in which the two nations could work together, such as the high-speed rail link linking Dublin, Belfast and Cork, and better connections to the northwest.
He designed hourly trains between cities, as well as improving the A5 route to Derry and Donegal.
Varadkar said he was also interested in the idea of a cross-border university involving the Ulster University campus at Magee in Derry with Letterkenny IT, as well as projects on green areas and the Ulster Canal.
“In fact, there are a lot of really good projects that we could do together that might not cost so much and would certainly be more feasible than a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland,” he said.
“But in search of those I will not release the one to which the Prime Minister is particularly interested.”
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