The government has suffered a setback to its Brexit plans, after the House of Lords yesterday voted through an amendment that would potentially put a pause on the UK’s exit from the Euratom nuclear agreement. Peers voted 265 to 194 in favour of an amendment to EU withdrawal legislation that insists the UK should not be able to withdraw from the European nuclear agreement until alternative international arrangements for nuclear cooperation have been agreed. In addition, Peers backed a Labour Party amendment requiring regular, independent reporting to Parliament on the government’s future arrangements with Euratom. However, MPs could try and overturn the Lords’ changes to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill when it returns to the House of Commons
Business Green 21st March 2018 read more »
The UK government has been defeated twice in the House of Lords over its plans for nuclear cooperation after its leaves the European Union next year, the BBC has reported. They also backed a plan requiring the UK to report to Parliament regularly on its future arrangements with Euratom.
World Nuclear News 21st March 2018 read more »
Commenting in the wake of a Government defeat on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone said: The Government’s plans for post-Brexit nuclear safeguards have been weighed and found wanting by the House of Lords. It is clear there is no confidence in the Government’s ability to secure an appropriate nuclear safeguards regime by the time exit day comes around. This vote will help ensure we are able to meet our international safeguarding obligations by halting our withdrawal from Euratom unless certain standards are met. Leaving Euratom was not on the ballot paper, and doing so will make us worse off. This cross-party effort, based on an amendment originally tabled by the Lib Dems, sends a clear signal that we will fight for the best protection for the United Kingdom, be that remaining part of Euratom, or indeed the European Union itself.
LibDem Voice 21st March 2018 read more »
The government has suffered a double defeat at the hands of peers over its move to put in place a domestic nuclear safeguards regime after leaving the European Union. The setback came as the Tory administration was accused of “playing Russian roulette” with the UK’s energy security by quitting Europe’s nuclear regulator. During report stage of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill in the House of Lords, peers backed by 265 votes to 194, majority 71, a call to delay Britain leaving Euratom if no alternative agreements were in place in the run-up to Brexit day. The government was subsequently dealt a second blow over the reporting of future arrangements with the watchdog on nuclear research and development, as well as the import and export of qualifying nuclear material.
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