The future of Britain’s nuclear reactors and fuel supplies are at risk if the government makes a clean break from the EU without making transitional arrangements, a new report argues. The government confirmed in January the UK would sever ties with the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) when it left the EU, causing concern about Britain’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations. A report today by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) argues the government must act fast to develop a suitable transitional framework to replace Euratom, the 1957 treaty that enables a single market of goods and services for nuclear projects as well as creating trade deals. Without transitional arrangements, the UK is at risk of losing access to the markets and skills it needs to construct new nuclear power plants, and existing stations may be unable to access fuel, said Jenifer Baxter, head of energy and environment at the IME and lead author of the report.
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Last month the government announced that Britain would leave the European Atomic Energy Community, (Euratom) because it ultimately falls under the European Court of Justice. The prime minister had said that leaving the jurisdiction of the ECJ would be one of the red lines for leaving the EU. In a report out today, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers says that a transition to a replacement state body for the control of the nuclear industry ought to be a top priority. In the absence of a Euratom replacement, Britain would be unable to share research with other countries, while overseas participation in the British nuclear industry would be impossible without treaties with foreign oversight bodies. Euratom has a co-operation treaty with the US that would need to be replaced. A block on US participation would threaten the construction of new power stations at Hinkley, Anglesey and Cumbria, industry figures said.
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