The newly elected chair of parliament’s business select committee has pledged to make an inquiry into the government’s plans to leave Euratom one of her top priorities. Rachel Reeves, who was voted chair of the business, energy and industrial strategy select committee last week, said in a BBC radio interview that she wanted to hold a probe into Britain’s departure from the pan-European nuclear energy community. Reeves, who is a former shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, described the nuclear sector as “hugely important” to the UK economy. She said: “We need to do an inquiry into Euratom because 65,000 jobs are in the civil nuclear sector. “When we are up and running, I want to do an inquiry into this because so many jobs and research depends on it.” She made her comments as the European Commission published its position paper on negotiations into the UK’s withdrawal from Euratom, which kicked off today (Monday). In its position paper, the commission states that the Euratom treaty will cease to apply to Britain from the date when the UK withdraws from the EU.
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EU officials and experts have warned the government not to dismiss the impact of Brexit on Britain’s access to the radioactive isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer. The UK government has rejected as “scaremongering” claims that withdrawing from the European nuclear regulator Euratom could interrupt trade in medical isotopes. The UK position is based on the uncontested fact that medical isotopes — used in about 700,000 medical procedures in the UK each year — are not subject to the most stringent European safeguards governing “special fissile materials”. But EU officials and independent experts said these isotopes would be subject to wider Euratom rules on the trade and transportation of nuclear materials after Brexit.
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