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25th April, 1907 : Today, three months after the War Office declared its opposition, the Bill to facilitate the construction of a railway tunnel under the Channel was withdrawn from Parliament. One of its sponsors blamed Government hostility for the proposal’s lack of popular support. He was convinced that had the plan been fully discussed by a Parliamentary Committee the merits of the scheme would have became greatly appreciated. But in view of the widespread fear that the tunnel is a threat to the nation’s defences, the sponsors realised they had little chance.