When Theresa May triggered Article 50 a couple of months ago, she also signalled her intention that the UK leave the obscure EURATOM treaty. The treaty covers nuclear power, an issue which neither the Remain nor Leave camps even mentioned during the referendum campaign. How this decision will affect plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Ynys Môn does not appear to have been noticed in Wales at all. But what is interesting is that EURATOM is central in the UK’s trade in nuclear materials. The nuclear fuel used in our power stations is actually owned by EURATOM and its safe handling and storage is overseen by that organisation. When May took over as PM, the core of her Government’s energy strategy was the commitment to building new nuclear power stations, starting with Hinkley Point C in Somerset, just 12 miles from the South Wales coast across the Bristol Channel. They don’t think that they have a problem, either because the UK will miraculously renegotiate a highly complex set of regulations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) within the two-year deadline, somehow arrange an extension of that deadline or perhaps not leave EURATOM after all.
Nation Cymru 14th June 2017 read more »