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NIA welcomes House of Lords EU Energy & Environment committee report

29 January 2018

The NIA has welcomed the recommendations set out in the House of Lord’s EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee in its report: Brexit: Energy Security.

Commenting on the House of Lords EU Energy & Environment committee’s report, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The UK’s civil nuclear industry welcomes the conclusions of the committee’s report. They recognise the scale of the challenge in replacing Euratom arrangements, and the need for a pragmatic and flexible approach if a cliff-edge exit is to be avoided.

“As the report acknowledges, the government has finally begun to appreciate the complexity involved in Euratom arrangements, and the practical difficulties in replicating the rules, in its negotiating stance.

“The report is also correct to highlight the legal distinction between Euratom and European treaties, and to highlight the opportunity for a specific transitional arrangement, enabling continuity until an equivalent domestic regime is in place.

“We also support the report’s call for continued engagement with research programmes alongside Euratom countries, particularly with relation to the JET and ITER projects, and the need to secure the unhindered movement of highly skilled workers between the UK and other states.

“There is much for the government yet to negotiate, and we agree with the committee’s recommendation that there should be continued engagement with industry to protect against unintended consequences.”

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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 www.niauk.orgor @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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