Build A Bridge and Get Europe to Pay

Niall996

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I see the French and the Brits are having a bit of a love in at the moment as Macron stealthily extracts a few more million out of May's back pocket. But one big idea resonates, a bridge linking Britain to Europe.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-bridge/lets-build-a-bridge-to-europe-after-we-brexit-johnson-suggests-idUSKBN1F80TK

Which I think would be fantastic except for one thing. With Brexit it leaves Ireland essentially as the only EU country geophysically separate from Europe which is a huge trade disadvantage and completely unacceptable within the EU context.

A bridge linking Rosslare to Fishguard built at the same time would provide an incredible link directly into the heart of Europe for exports where we are lagging so far behind it's painful to think about. It would hugely assist us decrease our over dependence on the UK market. It's an essential component in EU economic equality and cohesion. Linking to a non EU country while a fully paid up EU partner is isolated is unacceptable. We've given them our fishing grounds. A bridge needs to be built and paid for by Europe. BTW, proper access to the European market would potentially pave the way for closer tax harmonisation which we could concede partially on and then cook the books later where we excel as a nation.

From an engineering perspective, it's a big one but far from the biggest ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh6TDZUWS3Q
 


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I see the French and the Brits are having a bit of a love in at the moment as Macron stealthily extracts a few more million out of May's back pocket. But one big idea resonates, a bridge linking Britain to Europe.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-bridge/lets-build-a-bridge-to-europe-after-we-brexit-johnson-suggests-idUSKBN1F80TK

Which I think would be fantastic except for one thing. With Brexit it leaves Ireland essentially as the only EU country geophysically separate from Europe which is a huge trade disadvantage and completely unacceptable within the EU context.

A bridge linking Rosslare to Fishguard built at the same time would provide an incredible link directly into the heart of Europe for exports where we are lagging so far behind it's painful to think about. It would hugely assist us decrease our over dependence on the UK market. It's an essential component in EU economic equality and cohesion. Linking to a non EU country while a fully paid up EU partner is isolated is unacceptable. We've given them our fishing grounds. A bridge needs to be built and paid for by Europe. BTW, proper access to the European market would potentially pave the way for closer tax harmonisation which we could concede partially on and then cook the books later where we excel as a nation.

From an engineering perspective, it's a big one but far from the biggest ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh6TDZUWS3Q
Howth to Hollyhead would make a lot more sense. You have, at least, a large city at one end. If it were a high speed train, you could have Dublin commutters living in North Wales - easing the housing problems here and bringing investment to Wales.

Biggest issue is the lack of high speed rail in the UK. We could build a train to Hollyhead - but then you are only in Hollyhead. Its another 5 hours by train to London (on a good day).
 

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I see the French and the Brits are having a bit of a love in at the moment as Macron stealthily extracts a few more million out of May's back pocket. But one big idea resonates, a bridge linking Britain to Europe.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-bridge/lets-build-a-bridge-to-europe-after-we-brexit-johnson-suggests-idUSKBN1F80TK

Which I think would be fantastic except for one thing. With Brexit it leaves Ireland essentially as the only EU country geophysically separate from Europe which is a huge trade disadvantage and completely unacceptable within the EU context.

A bridge linking Rosslare to Fishguard built at the same time would provide an incredible link directly into the heart of Europe for exports where we are lagging so far behind it's painful to think about. It would hugely assist us decrease our over dependence on the UK market. It's an essential component in EU economic equality and cohesion. Linking to a non EU country while a fully paid up EU partner is isolated is unacceptable. We've given them our fishing grounds. A bridge needs to be built and paid for by Europe. BTW, proper access to the European market would potentially pave the way for closer tax harmonisation which we could concede partially on and then cook the books later where we excel as a nation.

From an engineering perspective, it's a big one but far from the biggest ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh6TDZUWS3Q
They could make it a garden bridge and get Joanna Lumley in on it .............another Boris Johnson brainfart
 

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you normally get a tunnel idea floated every few years, which would be more expensive?
 

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How about Bangor to Stranraer, and get the DUP to pay for it?
 

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Cyprus and Malta also geographically separated.
 

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How about Bangor to Stranraer, and get the DUP to pay for it?
Would you put a critical compnonent of the ecomomy of Ireland under the control of the DUP? Don't think so.
 

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Howth to Hollyhead would make a lot more sense. You have, at least, a large city at one end. If it were a high speed train, you could have Dublin commutters living in North Wales - easing the housing problems here and bringing investment to Wales.

Biggest issue is the lack of high speed rail in the UK. We could build a train to Hollyhead - but then you are only in Hollyhead. Its another 5 hours by train to London (on a good day).
Train to Holyhead would be maybe one hour? Then five hours to London and a further 2-2.30 hours to Paris after switching trains in London and the cost would be many billions.

The new Forth Road bridge cost £1.35 Billion and that's only 1.7 miles.
Everything you need to know about the Queensferry Crossing - BBC News

Dublin to Cherbourg is about twenty hours, maybe investing in faster ships and more regular crossings from Cork to France would a better way to go.
 
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A bridge linking Rosslare to Fishguard built at the same time would provide an incredible link directly into the heart of Europe
Wales is emphaticly not the heart of Europe.
 

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It's fluff.
It. Won't. Happen.

The real story:
  • May looks more fragile by the week.
  • Several wannabes are on manoeuvres.
  • The young rats are threatening the old rats.
  • BoJo needs a regular fix of headlines.
  • The Torygraph is his regular cheer-leader.
  • It's only #Brexit that's kept the lid on this long.
 

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They could make it a garden bridge and get Joanna Lumley in on it .............another Boris Johnson brainfart
A bridge across one of the busiest sea-lanes in the world, where the weather is so unpredictable that the Humber bridge, in a sheltered estuary, is regularly closed by winds. It's not happening.
 

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Train to Holyhead would be maybe one hour? The five hours to London and a further 2-2.30 hours to Paris after switching trains in London and the cost would be many billions.

The new Forth Road bridge cost £1.35 Billion and that's only 1.7 miles.
Everything you need to know about the Queensferry Crossing - BBC News

Dublin to Cherbourg is about twenty hours, maybe investing in faster ships and more regular crossngs from Cork to France would a better way to go.
77-mile, multi-billion dollar underwater tunnel China plans to build will be the longest in the world - Asia & Pacific - International - News - Catholic Online

Get the Chinese to build a tunnel from Cork to Roscoff.
 

Niall996

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A bridge across one of the busiest sea-lanes in the world, where the weather is so unpredictable that the Humber bridge, in a sheltered estuary, is regularly closed by winds. It's not happening.
They can build anything these days. The Chinese could do it on their lunch break.
 


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