Mr Johnson capped off talks with French officials by declaring that ‘great meetings’ took place
When the Foreign Secretary discussed the potential construction project following a day of immigration talks the French leader reportedly responded: “I agree. Let’s do it.”
Mr Johnson put forward his idea as Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron sealed a deal that will fast-track asylum applications at Calais.
The former Mayor of London tweeted: “So much important work in United Kingdom-France Summit outcomes, but I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together.
“Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?”
Twitter user Jon Worth blasted the Foreign Secretary’s proposal as “wacky” in a post on social media.
He said: “You thought Boris Island was wacky?
“Let’s have a bridge to France. Yeah. When the tunnel does not even run at capacity.”
Mr Johnson is understood to have discussed a privately-funding bridge or tunnel link joining the two nations with his French counterparts.
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He claimed: “We are two of the world’s greatest economies linked by a single railway. It’s ridiculous.
“Technology is moving on all the time and there are much longer bridges elsewhere, including one that is 34 miles long in Japan.”
The idea could be what the Foreign Secretary was referring to on social media that explained British and French experts were looking at the possibility of “major projects” together.
Mr Johnson capped off talks with French officials by declaring that “great meetings” took place as he shared a photo of himself with Mr Macron.
He tweeted: “En Marche! Great meetings with French counterparts today.”
The French president remarked that the UK and France are “somehow making a new tapestry together” and declared the pair “share the same destiny”.
As part of the visit, Theresa May and Mr Macron put together a new multimillion pound deal at Sandhurst Military Academy, Berkshire, during the latter’s first trip to the UK.
On border control, the two leaders signed a new Sandhurst Treaty, designed to reform and improve how they manage the border in France.
Britain had already alarmed Eurosceptics by saying it would pay another £44.5million to boost fences, CCTV and infrared detection technology in ports along the Channel, where officials from both countries jointly administer the Anglo-French border.
Boris Johnson floated the idea during meetings yesterday
Mr Macron stressed the new treaty would “enable us both to have a more humane approach to these people and to be more efficient” while also protecting and encouraging vital trade through the Channel ports.
Quicker application processing means that those who are not chosen will be sent back to their home country faster – officials stated that this could reduce the “pull factor” for migrants looking to make their way to Britain.
Those seeking asylum in the UK will be informed of their success or failure within a month.
On border control, the two leaders signed a new Sandhurst Treaty
As part of the deal, Britain will take in up to 260 lone child migrants from Calais and other Channel ports.
However, Mr Macron declared that the European Union was not going to budge in matters surrounding Brexit after telling the Prime Minister that she would have to “contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction”.
The French leader attempted to distance himself from the bitter bloc by explaining that he visited Britain “neither to punish nor reward” Mrs May.
Source : EXPRESS