Brexit could trigger power blackouts if the UK quits a key European nuclear energy agency without a deal, experts have warned. A lack of uranium to fuel nuke plants could unleash “very real potential disruption” to electricity supplies, Nuclear Industry Association chief executive Tom Greatrex revealed. He feared power shortages if Britain leaves Euratom, the European Atomic Energy Community, without transition arrangements, because fuel for our nuclear power stations is imported. Ministers plan to leave Euratom, but experts want the Government to explore staying part of the agency or becoming an associate member to prevent the lights going out. Mr Greatrex denied scaremongering, insisting: “It’s a very real potential disruption if you come out of Euratom and don’t have successor arrangements in place relatively quickly.” An NIA poll of more than 500 industry workers found 83% wanted to stay in Euratom. Nearly nine out of 10 said they were concerned or very concerned about the impact of the UK leaving the agency. And 44% believed their own job was less secure after the Government outlined its plans.
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