The government has been defeated twice in the House of Lords over its plans for nuclear co-operation after Brexit. Peers voted by 265 to 194 to insist the UK should not withdraw from the European nuclear agreement, Euratom, until a replacement deal is in place. They also backed a plan requiring the UK to report to Parliament regularly on its future arrangements with Euratom. MPs are likely to try and overturn the changes to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill when it returns to the Commons. Euratom, an association which is legally separate from the EU but governed by the EU’s institutions, covers issues such as the transport of radioactive materials, including those used in medical treatments, or in nuclear power stations. The government has said it wants to establish a new domestic nuclear regime as well as negotiate a nuclear agreement with the EU once the UK leaves on 29 March 2019.
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Peers voted by 265 to 194 to insist Britain should not withdraw from Euratom on the day the UK leaves the EU unless a replacement has been reached. Ministers were dealt a second blow through a Labour amendment which demanded more regular reporting to parliament of future arrangements.
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The Tory administration is accused of ‘playing Russian roulette’ with the UK’s energy security by quitting Europe’s nuclear regulator.
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