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Third Heathrow airport runway 'could be built over M25'

A third runway at Heathrow could be built over the M25, the Transport Secretary has said.

It comes after Theresa May's decision to back Heathrow expansion plunged the Conservatives into turmoil, as Cabinet ministers hit out at the move and a prominent MP quit.

Tory supporting councils are poised to support legal action challenging the plans and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted the scheme was "undeliverable".

Conservative bosses were forced to announce the party would not fight the by-election triggered by Zac Goldsmith in protest over the third runway.

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May: Heathrow expansion shows UK 'open' after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May Credit: PA

The decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow shows Britain can be an open, global, and successful country after it leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ms May said the decision showed the Government was willing to "take the big decisions".

"Airport expansion is vital for the economic future of the whole of the UK," Ms May said.

"Businesses will know that we are building the infrastructure they need to access global markets.

"This decision demonstrates that as we leave the EU we can make a success of Brexit and Britain can be that open, global, successful country we all want it to be."

Ms May continued that while the Government wanted the benefits of a new runway as quickly as possible, it would also a make sure London and taxpayers got a good deal.

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