The general trend of “ever closer union” in Europe was abruptly upset on the 23rd June 2016, as British voters decided to withdraw from the European Union (EU) (commonly referred to as ‘Brexit’). While there are many important Brexit-related issues to be sorted, one of the most critical issues relates to the UK’s membership in the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), writes Vincent Zabielski. The Euratom Treaty predates the formation of the EU, and while it’s not considered to be a “foundational treaty” of the EU, the European Atomic Energy Community remains decidedly European – its members include all the members of the EU, and no country outside of the EU. The multi-billion-pound question is to what extent UK participation in Euratom should continue post-Brexit, and what happens if it doesn’t.
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