Ports Association Criticizes Johnson’s Tunnel Plans for Northern Ireland – Economy: Latest News & Reports

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson favors lasting ties between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Photo: Hannah McKay / PA Wire / DPA (Hannah McKay / dpa)

The British Ports Association BPA has criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to build a tunnel into the Northern Province of Ireland.

A fixed connection is an extravagant project, especially with very small financial gains, which means that very little money is available for other modes of transport, said BPA boss Richard Ballantine. If the government distributes money to other transport providers, it will get more sustainable value added. “There are many maritime connections between Great Britain and Ireland that offer jobs and opportunities elsewhere.”

In addition, Ballantine said the project is harmful to the environment. “Connection will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions if we switch from shipping to road transport, which is a carbon-efficient mode of transport.”

The Scottish local government has also criticized the plan, which is currently being examined by Johnson’s government. Transport Minister Michael Mathewson has said transport links across the Irish Sea are not a priority. This is just a “vanity project” by Johnson. The Prime Minister wanted to weaken the powers of local governments. The Scottish Government seeks secession from Great Britain. Northern Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill has spoken out against Sinn Fെയ്in’s support for the reunification of EU state Ireland.

Johnson has repeatedly spoken in favor of a lasting relationship between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland is estimated to cost $ 20 billion ($ 23.36 billion), and a bridge is unrealistic due to the depth of the sea and strong winds in the Irish Sea. The Minister of Transport defended the Grant Shops project. It is important to connect all parts of the UK as closely as possible, he told the BBC.

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Johnson wants to use this relationship to strengthen British unity because Brexit had delivery problems between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. BPA boss Balantine said a tunnel would not change trade difficulties. Customs restrictions and other restrictions still exist.

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