The government has been encouraged to keep strong ties with Euratom after Brexit.
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee claimed these links with Euratom would ensure the safety of UK nuclear power and minimise policy disruptions.
BEIS claim that if the UK does not secure a deal with the EU the ability to trade, transport and access materials necessary for nuclear power generation could cease.
This would create a new burden on existing fossil fuel based generation systems, as nuclear energy currently provides 21% of the UK’s power.
BEIS Committee Chairperson, Rachel Reeves MP, stated: “The government should, as a matter of urgency, be seeking to retain as close as possible an association with Euratom and secure its ongoing delivery of existing safeguards requirements in the UK.”
“Any delay will increase investment in contingency arrangements which may ultimately not be required.”