The UK should focus on developing Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), including at Trawsfynydd in Wales, to secure the country’s future nuclear industry post Brexit according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Following the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee report into the risks to the nuclear industry posed by Brexit, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has outlined possible pathways the UK Government could take to leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) regarding key issues such as safeguarding, Nuclear Co-operation Agreements, Research and Development (R&D) and regulation. The ‘Leaving the EU, the Euratom Treaty Part 2: A Framework for the Future’ report says SMRs could present the UK with key export opportunities and return the country to the international nuclear reactor supply arena. The Institution is also calling for the UK to develop its own Safeguarding Office, to ensure the country conforms to international rules on safety and non-proliferation, but says the UK should remain an associate member of Euratom for the specific purpose of R&D.
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