Government spending £10m on post-Brexit domestic nuclear safeguarding

The government has spent £10m to date on creating a replacement to the EU’s nuclear regulatory body Euratom to ensure safety and compliance post-Brexit

What will replace Euratom after UK splits? Photograph: Joe Golby/123RFThe creation of a new regime to regulate civil nuclear facilities has so far cost the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) £10 million, according to energy minister Richard Harrington.

As part of leaving the EU, the UK will also leave Euratom, the EU treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community. Euratom currently regulates civil nuclear activity in the UK, including fuel supply, waste management and cooperation between nuclear states. It implements a system of safeguards, controls the supply of fissile materials within Euratom member states, guarantees high safety standards and funds international research into nuclear fission and fusion.

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