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Ministers ‘must make fresh nuclear power agreements to avoid Brexit cliff edge’

The Nuclear Industry Association said a replacement agreement should be agreed.

The Government is being urged to strike new international nuclear power agreements to avoid a “cliff edge” for the industry.

Ministers have announced plans for the UK to leave the European nuclear research agency Euratom as part of the Brexit process, but should agree a replacement agreement, said the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA).

The trade body said it is important to maintain confidence in the industry and secure investment.

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the NIA, said: “The UK civil nuclear industry is ready and willing to work with the Government as it begins the process of putting replacement arrangements for Euratom in place. The clock is ticking, and this is a priority of increasing urgency.

“Without new arrangements in place by the time the UK leaves the Euratom community, there is scope for real and considerable disruption.

“The industry has not only set out the priority areas to be addressed, but also the steps we think the Government needs to take to address those issues.

“The Government now need to get down to the work of putting arrangements in place, including a prudent approach to ensuring there are transitional arrangements in place, to avoid a gap in regulation.

“That would not be in the interests of the EU, the UK or the industry globally.”

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