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NIA Reaction to Government Position Paper on Euratom

13 July 2017

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“While containing very little detail, the UK Government’s position paper demonstrates the complexity of replicating Euratom arrangements in UK regulation and co-operation agreements with third countries which the industry has warned of. Government must therefore make the need for transitional arrangements its starting point in negotiations. Failure to do so will risk precisely the disruption the government state they want to avoid.

“It remains the UK nuclear industry’s view that retaining Euratom membership will best serve the national interest. It may also be the most straightforward, seamless and sensible way to achieve the government’s stated preferred outcome is through the associated membership the Euratom treaty enables. Exploring that should be a priority in discussions with European institutions.

“The government has also said it wishes to provide “certainty and clarity” to industry. Given the lack of clarity to date, it is imperative now that the government ensures there is regular and ongoing dialogue with industry so there is a full appreciation of the practical, logistical and administrative consequences of these negotiations.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

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 www.niauk.org.uk or @niauk.

The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 65,000 professionals. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 40 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around half of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.

You can access the full report Exiting Euratom by the NIA.

Media Contact:

Rupert Lewis: 07894 595717  rupert.lewis@niauk.org