Boris Island is dead... so Johnson moves on to Boris Bridge
The headline-hungry foreign secretary has had another big idea.
Boris Johnson never misses a chance to steal the headlines, and yesterday’s summit with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was no different.
The foreign secretary was one of a slew of Cabinet ministers who held talks with their French counterparts at the pow-wow, and it’s his suggestion of a cross-Channel bridge which receives prominent coverage in Friday’s papers.
Johnson reportedly made the comments while discussing other major infrastructure projects around the world, including a bridge in Japan. He is said to think it “ridiculous” that the two countries are only linked by a single railway at present, and hinted at his ambition when he tweeted: “Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?”
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, bridge designer and former president of the Institution of Structural Engineers Ian Firth said it would be a "huge undertaking, but absolutely possible".
But without wishing to pour cold water on the suggestion, it is worth pointing out that it was also Johnson who suggested building a new airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary.
The foreign secretary will be hoping that the Boris Bridge is a more successful project than Boris Island.