Five employee representatives on French power firm EDF’s board of directors have mounted a legal challenge to overturn their company’s final investment decision on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

EDF’s directors chose to go ahead with construction of the station last month but just hours later Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said it wanted to review the project before giving it the green light.

The representatives accused EDF’s chief executive of not communicating “crucial information about a major project”.

They also said several directors had “conflicts of interests”.

Court hearing expected this month

EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy told staff in a letter that he had learned the day before that May “was asking for a little more time, without reassessing the project, without giving the date when it could be signed”.

The trade unions said “the British desire to proceed very quickly was again presented as a reason to quickly sign” the deal during the board meeting at which the final investment decision was reached.

The case is expected to be heard by a judge on 22 September.

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