Today, Albert Owen MP opened a debate in the House of Commons entitled ‘Negotiations on future Euratom membership’. In doing so, Mr Owen asked the Government to act in order to provide safeguards on its decision to withdraw from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and not put at risk vital aspects of the global nuclear industry and the impact that will have on the industry in the UK.
“We have three options, one is to remain in Euratom and secure transitional arrangements whilst being a member, the second is to have an associated membership and the final one is to have third country membership.
“This debate is not a re-run of the EU Referendum, it’s not even a re-run of the Article 50 debate, this debate is about getting it right and keeping the UK as a world leader in civil nuclear and in research and development.
“We have achieved this status by working with others across the world, but under the umbrella of Euratom.
“Going forward, I requested that working group be set up, to include industry representatives and experts as well as parliamentary colleagues – the minister said he will consider this. I hope he does, as we soon need to get a transitional framework into motion.”