Boris Johnson’s latest half-baked bid for attention has been completely discredited in record time.
The Foreign Secretary floated the idea of a bridge across the Channel in a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron yesterday.
He reportedly told Macron the fact that the two countries are connected only by a railway is “ridiculous” and later alluded to the plan in this tweet:
So much important work in #UKFRSummit outcomes, but I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together. Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 18, 2018
In a bid to convince people that Brexit really won’t mean blissful isolation for Blighty, Johnson or his aides then reported his bright idea to journalists in the Tory press.
The Telegraph put the plan on their front page which was tweeted out at 10.55pm:
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 18, 2018
But the bridge of Boris’ dreams had collapsed by 12.24am this morning after an intervention from the arch enemy of all Brexiteers – experts.
The organisation that represents Britain’s shipping companies pointed out a slight problem:
Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges. https://t.co/jYD5O8B19W
— UK Shipping (@ukshipping) January 18, 2018
So Boris’ fantasy bridge had collapsed within one hour and 29 minutes.
With a journey on the Eurotunnel taking 35 minutes, you could have got to France and back in that time.
But be warned – that kind of thing hasn’t put Johnson off pursuing bridge projects in the past.
As Mayor of London he pressed ahead with a plan for the Garden Bridge which never materialised but has still cost taxpayers £37.4 million.
Would a zip wire be more practical…