The UK faces a race against time to fill vacancies for nuclear inspectors before it leaves the EU in March 2019, according to senior figures in the sector. The experts gave their advice to the governmental business committee at the beginning of the month and pointed out that a limited talent pool meant that Britain could struggle to meet its safety obligations in time for Brexit. Richard Harrington, who serves as the energy minister for the Tory government, was quick to downplay fears and claimed there was “plenty of time” to fill the vacant slots. However, to date, only four new inspectors have been hired, with experts estimating that between 10 and 12 new specialists will need to be recruited by 2019. If they are not, it could cause significant disruption to the UK energy industry.
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