Tom Greatrex: Your correspondents are correct to highlight that the scope of co-operation agreements under the auspices of the Euratom treaty vary and that some are likely to require to be replicated in bilateral arrangements. However Paul Dorfman, quoted in the report, is incorrect to suggest that the UK leaving Euratom results in the industry being less safe. The UK has a robust and well-established domestic civil nuclear regulator and safety regime, enshrined in UK legislation. International standards on nuclear safety as agreed by the International Atomic Energy Agency are applied, and that will continue to be the case. The UK nuclear industry has been very clear about the importance of the provisions of the Euratom treaty, and that transitional arrangements may be required to enable bilateral agreements to be concluded when the UK ceases to be a member of Euratom, and other provisions replicated domestically. We will continue to ensure government is fully informed on these issues, and press for the appropriate arrangements to be in place in a timely manner.
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