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UK begins formal process for leaving the European Union

29 March 2017

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, today began the formal process for leaving the European Union by triggering Article 50. Commenting on the implications for the nuclear sector, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The NIA has called for transitional arrangements to be put into place to avoid undue disruption to industry and has urged the Government to convene a working group to analyse the full impact of leaving Euratom. The nuclear industry is global, so the ease of movement of nuclear goods, people and services is important to enable new build, decommissioning, R&D and other programmes of work to continue without interruption.”


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 65,000 professionals and has the support of 71% of the public who believe nuclear must be part of a low carbon energy mix. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 49 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking 78% of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.

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