Belfast Telegraph

PM is upbeat on World Cup bid with Irish

By David Young, PA

A joint bid to host the football World Cup by the UK and Irish Republic would help strengthen relations across the post-Brexit Irish Sea, the Prime Minister has said.

Theresa May described the "tantalising" prospect of hosting the 2030 tournament as she outlined ways to bolster the relationship with the Republic when the UK leaves the EU.

Diplomatic ties between London and Dublin, which have improved markedly in recent decades, have been put under renewed strain during the Brexit process.

Yesterday in Belfast, the PM said there will be a need to "establish new ways of coming together to develop further our unique relationship".

"And both the UK and the Irish Governments have already made clear that we would support the tantalising possibility of a joint UK and Ireland World Cup Bid for 2030, should our respective football associations choose to pursue this," she said.

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