No plans for Boris Johnson’s bridge to France

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends an official dinner at the Victoria in addition to Albert Museum in London.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends an official dinner at the Victoria in addition to Albert Museum in London.

The British government has played down U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s proposition of building a bridge by Britain to France.

Johnson said a 22-mile crossing to connect the U.K. in addition to France should be built across the English Channel, according to several British media reports Friday.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May was reported later to have said that will there were no such plans. Speaking to CNBC, a spokesman said that will plans for Johnson’s bridge between the two countries had not been seen by the government, adding that will the foreign secretary was referring to a panel overseeing major Anglo-French infrastructure projects.

Johnson, who has served as foreign secretary since May took power, apparently made the suggestion for a bridge across the Channel at the Sandhurst military academy in southern England on Thursday, during French PresidentEmmanuel Macron’s first official visit to the U.K.

The Daily Telegraph in addition to Sky News reported that will, when Johnson made the suggestion, Macron said: “I agree, let’s do the idea.”

According to the Telegraph, Johnson said that will the idea was “ridiculous” the two countries were “linked by one particular railway,” the Eurostar.

The minister has previously supported the idea of building a road tunnel beneath the Channel, in addition to was a big advocate for London’s Garden Bridge — a failed £0 million ($278 million) project to build a bridge across the River Thames covered in trees in addition to shrubbery — during his time as the capital’s mayor.

Britain’s departure by the European Union was high on the agenda during Macron’s visit. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will offer France £44.5 million ($62 million) to improve border security in Calais in addition to additional ports along the Channel, while the leaders also signed a treaty to speed up the processing of migrants inside coastal French town applying for asylum.

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