Post-Euratom regime likely to rely on voluntary arrangements

The UK’s post-Euratom nuclear safety regime could be weaker and more patchy than at present, needing strong new ties with the EU watchdog and comprehensive domestic legislation

Decommissioning of nuclear power plants could be delayed by uncertainties after the UK leaves Euratom. Photo: Paul Wordingham/CC BY 2.0The UK will be falling back on a series of peer review and voluntary international arrangements on nuclear safety after its controversial withdrawal from EU watchdog Euratom, according to lawyers.

A report prepared for the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) by its Brexit Taskforce, released on 14 July, says that withdrawal from the Euratom Framework Directive on the Safety of Nuclear Installations could risk weaker standards in future.

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