Britain’s withdrawal from Euratom, the EU’s nuclear regulator, could benefit the country as European nuclear co-operation has already been “destroyed” by Germany, Lord Howell of Guildford has claimed. The former energy secretary, who voted Remain in the EU referendum, said Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 was a “major blow” to nuclear development in Europe. He also admitted to being “not that worried” about Brexit’s impact on the UK nuclear industry, which he claimed has been stifled by the “old treaty systems” of the EU. “I myself voted Remain but this is one area where staying in the old treaty systems of the European Union I don’t think was necessarily the best thing for European nuclear development,” he said on Tuesday. “There is no doubt that Germany’s unilateral decision to phase out nuclear power was a major blow to effective European nuclear co-operation.”

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Published: 13 September 2017