Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has called for transitional arrangements to be put in place in case the UK can’t negotiate its exit from the Euratom treaty within the current two-year timescale.
Without an agreement, the free movement of goods and skills could be put at risk, the body warned.
Jean-Pol Poncelet, Foratom’s Director General, said: “Being part of the Euratom community enables new build, decommissioning, research and development, and other programmes of work to continue without any disruption.

“Therefore, after officially triggering the process of withdrawing from the Euratom treaty, the UK should comply with the provisions of the Euratom treaty until new agreements replacing the current ones are concluded.”

Engie pulls out of NuGen

Meanwhile, French power company Engie has sold its 40% stake in the UK’s NuGen nuclear power project to partner Toshiba for $138.5 million (£111.2m).

The sale comes after Westinghouse – Toshiba’s nuclear power arm – filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States.

Westinghouse is due to supply three reactors to NuGen’s proposed power station at Moorside near Sellafield, in Cumbria.

> See Foratom's statement