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NIA comments on government response to BEIS Committee report on civil nuclear

08 March 2018

The NIA has welcomed the government’s response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee report into the impact of Brexit on the civil nuclear sector.

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee report into the impact of Brexit on the UK’s civil nuclear sector, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The UK government’s decision to leave Euratom has been consistently contested by the industry, since it was announced in early 2017. It has already proved a time-consuming and unpredictable process, and we are still at the early stages.

“The key milestones outlined by the government are welcome, indicating the progress made towards a successful relationship post-March 2019, and those areas yet to be resolved. The UK still needs to: conclude its negotiations with the IAEA on a Voluntary Offer Agreement and Additional Protocol; conclude negotiations and ratify new bilateral Nuclear Co-operation Agreements with the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and others; and reach agreement on a comprehensive and new funding agreement for the UK to continue its world-leading work in Euratom’s fusion R&D activities.

“This must all be agreed on and implemented by the time we leave Euratom. It is therefore essential, as part of the overall Brexit negotiations, Euratom remains a priority for the government in seeking a comprehensive transitional agreement with the European Union. Successful and timely conclusion to these negotiations is vital, to prevent significant disruption to the UK’s nuclear industry.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at or @niauk.
  2. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 64,000 professionals and has the support of 74% of the public. In 2016 its activities directly contributed £6.4 billion to UK GDP. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 22.7 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around a third of Britain’s cars off the roads. Read the Nuclear Activity Report.

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