Boris Johnson seeks cost estimates for a Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said she wanted to see a

The EU says Britain has not produced any concrete proposals for replacing the contentious "backstop", a provision in the withdrawal agreement reached by Johnson's predecessor Theresa May that is created to ensure an open border between EU member Ireland, and the UK's Northern Ireland.

Documents obtained by Channel 4 News show that both the Treasury and Department for Transport have now been asked to look into the costs and risks of such a bridge. Engineers have raised concerns about the challenges thrown up by the nature of the Irish Sea, as well as the presence of World War II munitions in that stretch of water.

Johnson will meet leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish party which supports his government, later on Tuesday to discuss Brexit.

Government spokesman told Channel 4 News: "Government regularly commissions work to examine the feasibility of projects".

"During the leadership campaign candidates spoke about a number of issues which resulted in Number 10 commissions ahead of a new Prime Minister taking over".

"Mr Johnson's stupid, unsafe fantasy can not become Ireland's nightmare, because Brexit is a very English problem and the consequences of it can not be shifted on to Ireland".

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This represents a lead of 51% to 49% for unification when those who said they don't know and would not vote are excluded.

In was first put forward in the party's 2015 election manifesto, but has grown in potential significance since the 2016 Brexit vote.

"To secure a sensible deal which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will require pragmatic discussions on all sides".

"The political and symbolic importance of such a link can't be underestimated".

"It's a regular feature in that part of Northern Ireland and the authorities have been working hard to stamp it out".

Professor Dunlop suggested the cost of such a project would be somewhere in the region of £15 billion to £20 billion.

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