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Scotland Should Get Share of £20 Billion for Binned Boris Bridge

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The SNP has demanded that Scotland gets its fair share of £20bn that was earmarked by Boris Johnson’s proposed bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland after the plans were scrapped.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that it will be announced the plan is being ditched when the so-called union connectivity review is published this week.

When Boris Johnson announced plans for a bridge between the two nations, it was suggested the project would cost £20bn.

Since the plans have now been shelved the SNP has demanded that the money be allocated to the governments at Stormont and Holyrood, so it could be spent on worthwhile projects to transform connectivity across Scotland.

Commenting, SNP leader at Westminster Ian Blackford MP said:

“Let’s be honest, Boris Johnson’s plans for a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland were daft – but the funding that was suggested for it can and should be made available.

“It could then be spent on transport and connectivity projects that are worthwhile and deliverable – and compatible with our climate obligations.

“The Tories’ HS2 snub to Northern England last week shows how their promises can’t be trusted.

“But a fair share of the money earmarked for the bridge project could allow proper investment in projects like high speed rail for Scotland.

“And the money should be allocated to Holyrood and Stormont to spend as they choose, respecting devolution – not spent over the heads of the devolved governments.

“We are seeing again what happens when the Tories make vague promises of investment in Scotland.

“All that Scotland gets in return is cuts, broken promises and the Tories handing contracts to their cronies.

“Ultimately, the Tories cannot be trusted and the only sure way to get the infrastructure investment Scotland needs is to become an independent country.”

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