Brexit news – live: Boris Johnson urged to back ‘big bang’ for north, as Irish-French trade routes boom

Adam ForrestMon, 15 February 2021, 10:23 am

Boris Johnson promised to ‘level up’ Britain in his 2019 manifesto (Getty Images)
Boris Johnson promised to ‘level up’ Britain in his 2019 manifesto (Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has been urged to unleash “radical” Thatcherite policies in the north of England after Brexit to help create a “northern Big Bang”. The Northern Research Group (NRG) of Tory MPs have backed a new report calling for deregulation and investment in the region.

It comes as new figures show a boom in direct trade from the Republic of Ireland and France. Continental freight traffic between Irish and French ports was up 447 per cent in January, as businesses seek to avoid red tape disruption in the UK.

Meanwhile leading Tories have dismissed a proposal to create an underwater tunnel linking Scotland and Northern Ireland. “Let’s concentrate on making the protocol work and put the hallucinogenics down,” said NI committee chair Simon Hoare.