From our Swindon correspondent:
Work is under way “by a range of government officials” to look at the idea of building a Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge, No 10 has said.
OK. Bridge costing £20bn. You’re also going to need a load of extra updates to all the roads up to Scotland and into Northern Ireland for the extra trade, so, with various levels of government mismanagement, let’s call it a round £100bn.
The population of Northern Ireland is 2 million people. Around 51% of them support a united Ireland, so let’s call it 1 million people.
Instead of building a bridge at the cost of £100K/person, why not just move everyone who wants to come to Cumbria and the Scottish borders? Plenty of land up there for building. Similar climate. Grant all the planning permission, build roads and schools. You also solve all those sectrian and pesky cross-border customs problems. No need to keep throwing money at administering Stormont. Would it really cost that much more?