Britain’s Brexit plan will plunge its nuclear power plants, cancer treatment centres and leading research facilities into chaos within two years, according to a secret government assessment. The UK plans to pull out of Euratom, Europe’s nuclear body, at the same time as it leaves the EU in 2019. A bill to replace European safeguards with a British system of oversight was published in last week’s Queen’s Speech. However, experts say that this would not match the regime provided by the EU body, meaning that plants, research facilities and hospitals may be unable to import radioactive material after Brexit. Officials from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy have warned that it will take seven years to replace the current set of agreements, The Times has been told. The delay would partly be caused by the fact that work on new international treaties, for example with the US and Japan, cannot start until new inspections standards are approved. Ministers have suggested that, as with financial regulations, there could be a transition period after Brexit to allow a new regime to be put in place, but experts say that the complexity of the task is still not sufficiently realised. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) will today step up calls for David Davis, the Brexit secretary, to consider asking for Britain to remain an associate member of Euratom instead. That option will worry some Tory MPs, because some lawyers believe that it would require oversight by the European Court of Justice or even for Britain to continue to take part in elections to the European parliament. Tom Greatrex, the NIA chief executive, said the plans did not “come anywhere close” to matching the scale of the problem.
Times 26th June 2017 read more »
A high-level discussion on the theme of Brexit and Energy is being held this week in Scotland by the UK Energy Law and Policy Association. The event will include a presentation on the Scottish Energy Strategy by Chris Stark, Head of the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Division, Chris Stark. Other speakers include Peter Styles from the European Federation of Energy Traders, and Theo Bull from Wood Mackenzie. There will be two sessions of 90 minutes, with an hour of debate in each session, involving participants from industry, academia, professions and government on Friday 30 June in Edinburgh. Subsequently, a panel discussion will be led by Professor Peter Cameron, Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy – which is celebrating 40 years of energy law education – at Dundee University.
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