'Boris's Burrow' tunnel to Northern Ireland could be approved within weeks

An underwater tunnel between Britain and Northern Ireland, dubbed ‘Boris’ Burrow’, could be approved within the next few weeks. 

The 25-mile tunnel would run from Stranraer in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland and could help resolve Brexit trade issues across the UK, The Telegraph reports. 

There have been pressures at the Irish border after the EU began imposing checks on some British goods entering the region, under the recently agreed Northern Ireland Protocol.

This deal is supposed to honour the Good Friday Agreement and avoid checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is part of the EU. 

But unionists are angry at being treated differently to the rest of the UK and the Government reportedly hopes this tunnel will ease those tensions. 

Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, is due to publish his report on how plausible the tunnel would be. 

He has already had his final meeting with Boris Johnson, who is said to be ‘very enthusiastic’ about the idea, along with Scottish secretary Alister Jack. 

Mr Jack told The Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast that he predicts Sir Hendy’s report will recommend a tunnel instead of a bridge, which was originally proposed by Mr Johnson in 2018. 

He said: ‘My strong inclination would be that he thinks it should be a tunnel because he and I have had conversations about the weather patterns in the Irish Sea and Beaufort’s Dyke, and there’s a munitions deposit there.’ 

It’s believed the tunnel would cost £10 billion to build – half of what it might cost to build a bridge. 

The tunnel will likely be modelled after the Channel tunnel which connects the UK to France, carrying trains, cars and lorries. 

While ministers work on the tunnel, Michael Gove is believed to be working on a ‘mutual enforcement’ plan that would see the UK and the EU apply the same checks as each other. 

‘The important thing is to make sure that we are economically and constitutionally connected – that is far more important than a physical connection. But nevertheless symbolically it would be very important to hear this message.’

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