A Labour former Cabinet minister has warned of the “cataclysmic consequence” of leaving the EU without having nuclear safeguarding arrangements in place. Lord Hutton of Furness said it would be a “terrible event” and argued it was for ministers to ensure the UK did not “walk off the edge of this cliff”. The peer, who is chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, stressed the need for an agreement to be reached with Europe’s nuclear regulator to cover the two-year post-Brexit transition period.
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The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has begun procuring a system to track nuclear materials in the UK and ensure they are not diverted from civilian uses, which will be required if, as planned, the UK exits the Euratom treaty as it leaves the EU. ONR said it has to develop and deliver a UK State System of Accountancy for and Control of Nuclear Material by 29 March 2019. It will include a Safeguards Information Management and Reporting System that meets international reporting obligations. Without the system, ONR said it will not be able to effectively deliver the necessary nuclear materials accountancy. It must be ready for parallel running by the end of December 2018 and go live by 29 March 2019. ONR has published a procurement notice on the government’s digital marketplace website. It says questions can be asked until 28 February and applications must be made by midday on 7 March. The contract award is expected on 1 May and by then the bidder must have security clearance for all personnel involved.
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