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REVEALED: Britain’s top secret plan to BLOW UP Channel Tunnel to prevent invasion

BRITAIN planned to plant a nuclear bomb inside the Channel Tunnel to blow up the transport link in a desperate bid to severe ties with Europe.

Previously top secret papers have revealed that officials once plotted the collapse of the tunnel between the UK and France in the event of an emergency.The once-secret plot was drawn up by civil servants and senior military officials in March 1969, while plans for the tunnel were still being drawn out, and were devised in case of a Soviet invasion.But they have resurfaced more than 50 years later, after being discovered tucked away in the National Archives at Kew.

Explosion and inside the channel tunnelGETTY          The plot was drawn up while the Tunnel was in its early stages in 1969

Eurostar trainGETTY           The plot was discovered tucked away in the National Archives at Kew

In the secret file, Ministry of Defence civil servants reasoned there would be a certain amount of “collateral damage” to both Kent and Calais if the bomb blast was successful.And the cost was set to be astronomical if officials chose to carry out the secret plans.The government would also be forced to keep the plot a secret from France, according to a letter from the Ministry of Defence that advised that explosive demolition ideas “should be covert and classified not less than SECRET UK EYES ONLY”.

I am absolutely certain our current Prime Minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar

Former Tory leader Michael Howard

But an atomic bomb would be “100 per cent effective” at ensuring a “totally irreversible total collapse, rupture [of] tunnel and sea bed to cause total flooding and complete collapse of part of tunnel”.The revelations come amid concerns of a looming European war following the triggering of Article 50 last week.Now the future of Gibraltar hangs in the balance after the European Union appeared to back Spain in its long dispute with the UK over the territory.

Channel Tunnel route for trainsGETTY            Kent would suffer a certain amount of “collateral damage” if the blast went ahead

And while Theresa May has tried to calm the situation, former Tory leader Michael Howard apparently suggested the British prime minister would go to war to defend the country’s sovereignty.He said: “35 years ago this week another woman Prime Minister sent a task force half way across the World to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country.“I am absolutely certain our current Prime Minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar.”

Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, has also pledged to “protect” Gibraltar on the Andrew Marr Show.

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