UK ‘could remain associate member of Euratom’

The UK could maintain an association agreement with Euratom following Brexit. That’s according to Brexit Secretary David Davis, who told the BBC an “arbitration arrangement” would have to be agreed to maintain […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK could maintain an association agreement with Euratom following Brexit.

That’s according to Brexit Secretary David Davis, who told the BBC an “arbitration arrangement” would have to be agreed to maintain bonds with the nuclear agency if this was to happen.

The news outlet has reported a leading figure in the nuclear industry said there was “goodwill” for such an deal.

The government has said it will push ahead with leaving the body, despite calls for a change of direction over concerns regarding effects on a number of areas, including the energy, industrial and medical sectors.

Mr Davis said: “Whether we have an association agreement with the EU or we have something independent under the International Atomic Energy Authority, we’ll provide the sorts of safeguards that we have today at least.”

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association, said: “It remains the UK nuclear industry’s view that retaining Euratom membership will best serve the national interest.

“It may also be the most straightforward, seamless and sensible way to achieve the government’s stated preferred outcome is through the associated membership the Euratom treaty enables.”

He added exploring this issue should be a priority in discussions with European institutions.