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UK Must Stay in Euratom

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UK MUST STAY IN EURATOM UNTIL NUCLEAR INTERESTS CAN BE GUARANTEED

Britain must keep its powder dry until a replacement is in place that ‘benefits the whole country’ says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the nuclear sector, calls for the UK to remain in Euratom, the European nuclear research agency, until a viable alternative can be found which protects Britain’s nuclear interests.

Brexit Secretary David Davis yesterday, 31 January 2017, confirmed to Parliament the UK’s intention to pull out of Euratom, threatening the UK’s entire Nuclear industry – including severely delaying the new £18billion Hinkley Point C power plant.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“There is no need to leave Euratom just because of Article 50.

“It would be sensible to delay any changes to our membership of Euratom until arrangements are agreed to replace our membership with Euratom, that guarantee UK nuclear interests are protected to the benefit of everyone in the country. Britain must keep its powder dry until a replacement is in place that ‘benefits the whole country’.

“Theresa May’s paranoia over Supreme Court influence in UK affairs is clouding her judgement over the much more important matter of safeguarding Britain’s nuclear industry.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

*The following came from the explanatory notes to the European Union (notification of withdrawal) Bill. Page Four states:

"Clause 1(1) provides power for the Prime Minister to notify the European Council of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the European Union. The power that is provided by clause 1(1) applies to withdrawal from the EU. This includes the European Atomic Energy Community ('Euratom'), as the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 sets out that the term "EU" includes (as the context permits or requires) Euratom (section 3(2)). Clause 1(2) provides that the powers in clause 1(1) are conferred regardless of any restrictions which may arise from any other legislation, including the European Communities Act 1972


However leaving Euratom before a viable alternative is in place could threaten the UK’s entire Nuclear industry – including the new £18billion Hinkley Point power station.

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