Trade unions in both France and the UK have thrown their weight behind EDF’s plans to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

The French company’s Central Works Council has concluded its consultation over plans for the project.

EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Lévy had already said that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union would not affect the company’s decision.
Support from the French trade unions leaves EDF’s board free to make its final investment decision at a meeting in September.

GMB offers backing

Meanwhile, the GMB trade union has also thrown its weight behind the project.

“The UK trade unions are 100% in support of Hinkley Point C and believe that it is vital to make a final investment decision in a timely fashion soon after the consultation process – between EDF and the French unions – is completed,” the GMB said.

“Nuclear new build is already behind the curve; we cannot afford further delay and it is vital for EDF to make a final investment decision now.”

> Read the GMB's statement in full