The day before British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed a deal to complete the first phase of Brexit negotiations, a senior civil servant assured the nuclear industry that the British government aimed to achieve a smooth departure from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). Meanwhile, European electricity association Eurelectric has outlined the objectives it says are needed for a “sound Brexit transition”. As part of preparations for its exit from the EU, the government is establishing a domestic nuclear safeguards regime to ensure the UK continues to maintain its position as a responsible nuclear state, and that withdrawal from Euratom will not result in the weakening of its future safeguards standards and oversight in the country. The planned regime, announced on 14 September, will be managed by the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and require new agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
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