Britain’s vote to leave the EU makes it “more necessary than ever” for EDF to delay making a final investment decision on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in the UK, said three powerful trade unions representing thousands of workers at the company. The CGT, CFE-CGC and the FO unions issued a joint statement on Thursday saying the Brexit vote added “new elements of uncertainty” to the £18bn project that is due be built in south-west England by the French state-controlled utility. Emmanuel Macron, the French economy minister, on Tuesday insisted that the UK vote to leave the EU would have “no consequences” for the Hinkley Point project, urging EDF to press ahead with its final investment decision. But in a BBC interview on Wednesday, Michel Sapin, the French finance minister, said the project had become “more difficult” following the Brexit vote.
FT 30th June 2016 read more »
THE Hinkley C nuclear power station project could become a casualty of Brexit, it has been reported, while EDF says the scheme will not be affected by the vote. Plans to build the new £18 billion plant in Somerset could be cancelled now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, a Government advisor has told the The Times. However, energy firm EDF has insisted the Brexit vote will have “no impact” on their strategy. Paul Dorfman said it is “extremely unlikely” that French energy giant EDF will continue with its plans, in the latest of a series of delays for the development.
Bridgwater Mercury 30th June 2016 read more »
The French government still plans to build a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, despite the result of the referendum, according to Mr Sapin.
Independent 30th June 2016 read more »