UK and France to sign nuclear deal

The UK and France expect to make a landmark agreement surrounding the future of both countries’ nuclear energy capabilities. New Energy Secretary Ed Davey has travelled to Paris today with […]

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By Tom Gibson

The UK and France expect to make a landmark agreement surrounding the future of both countries’ nuclear energy capabilities. New Energy Secretary Ed Davey has travelled to Paris today with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Defence Secretary to meet their French counterparts to discuss shared challenges and priorities going forward with nuclear.

Number 10 says the two nations want to work together in strengthening co-operation on civil nuclear energy and are likely to form a new ‘Franco-British high level group’ which unites industry, governments and stakeholders. The International Atomic Energy Association will also work with the two governments in helping to react to nuclear emergency and security issues.

The PM’s office said the partnership agreement would be underpinned by a number of commercial deals in the field of nuclear energy worth more than £500 million.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “At our last summit, we signed a historic partnership on defence. Today, we will match that ambition on nuclear energy. As two great civil nuclear nations, we will combine our expertise to strengthen industrial partnership, improve nuclear safety and create jobs at home. The deals signed today will create more than 1500 jobs in the UK but they are just the beginning.”