As part of the process for leaving the European Union, the government announced the UK would leave the European Treaty at the same time. The NIA is concerned that to withdraw from Euratom and to negotiate replica arrangements will be extremely challenging in time available to March 2019. Without new arrangements the industry could face serious disruption to normal nuclear business.

The NIA and its members believe it is not necessary to leave Euratom as part of the Brexit process. However, if the government chooses to do so, its priority should be to seek an agreement with the European Commission that ensures a suitable implementation period is in place which will avoid a damaging cliff edge.

Exiting Euratom

The Nuclear Industry Association sets out the key priorities for the Government to renegotiate the Euratom Treaty arrangements for the UK nuclear sector to avoid a damaging cliff edge scenario for nuclear businesses both in the UK and the European Union.

Briefing and papers

  • Supply of LWR fuel to EU

    The UK exit from Euratom potentially disrupts UK LWR fuel and intermediate product exports to the EU.

  • Maintaining nuclear plant

    Additional barriers to international supply chain activity will have an adverse effect on plant performance.

  • Delivering new nuclear build

    A geographically and demographically diverse workforce will be essential in the delivery of HPC and other new build projects in the UK and across Europe.

  • FORATOM Brexit impact

    FORATOM believes the EU and UK should immediately start negotiating the post-Brexit relationship and, if necessary, transitional arrangements in order to avoid any disruption of the nuclear fuel cycle.

    Press release and comments


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