Boris Johnson is considering a plan for a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland under plans to strengthen the physical links within the Union. Last year the UK government commissioned Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, to produce ideas to better connect the four home nations. The “fixed link” between Portpatrick in the southwest of Scotland and Larne in Ulster, a distance of about 20 miles, is favoured by the prime minister. The cost of bridging the North Channel — a busy shipping lane known for rough seas — is regarded as being prohibitive and UK ministers have instead put forward an underwater solution.
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