Source: Nuclear Future, Vol. 15, No. 2
If moveable type was still the go-to process for printing newspapers, publishers would be forgiven for keeping the words “Brexit uncertainty” set in the press the past few months. At the time of writing, 29 March has passed, and for all the speculation about a possible renegotiation of the Irish backstop, or an exit from the European Union on WTO terms, we still lack any clear direction on where the UK is headed.
This is particularly true for the nuclear sector, perhaps typified by the prolonged wrangling over membership of the European Atomic Energy Community (more commonly known as Euratom). Back in January 2017, the UK government announced that the UK would be leaving Euratom. Shortly thereafter, the House of Lords decided that the UK should not withdraw from the European nuclear agreement until a replacement deal is in place, and then Theresa May announced in May that the UK was considering paying to retain membership of Euratom’s research arm. Most recently, the UK government has been focused on negotitating and orderly withdrawal from Euratom.