Forget ‘Boris burrow’

Thousands of years ago, it is believed that Ireland was joined to Britain by a land bridge, until sea levels began to rise as the ice sheets melted.

The two islands could once again be connected through a 25-mile undersea tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to a soon-to-be-released study by Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy.

Such a tunnel would be a feat of engineering and a physical manifestation of the links between two constituent countries of the UK. Yet it would not solve the problems created by Brexit.

Border checks and the enforcement of the Northern Ireland Protocol would remain unchanged. And of course, even if such a project were to get the green light, it would take many years and cost tens of billions of pounds.

Ambitious infrastructure projects should not be dismissed out of hand. An 11-mile tunnel is underway connecting Germany with Denmark, and the Eurostar has linked London with Paris and beyond since 1994.

But the “Boris burrow” feels like a deliberately distracting toy at a time when what businesses need is urgent support from the double blow of Covid-19 and Brexit.

Entrepreneurial high

Shares in medical marijuana are riding high. Kanabo, which makes vaporisers using a cannabis component, is set to hit the jackpot, expecting to be valued at £23 million after its stock market debut.

Medical cannabis is a budding industry. Kanabo was among a number of firms competing to become the first cannabis-related business to list in London after regulators said they were ready to roll.

While Brexit may not send Britain back into a Stoned Age, economists agree it will blunt our economy.

Therefore we applaud these medical and tech firms blazing a trail.

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