Ministers have said that the UK is “on track” to meet its international obligations after its nuclear safeguards legislation passed through Parliament.

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill is one of the first pieces of legislation relating to the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU) to make it through both Houses.

The legislation allows the UK Government to create a domestic nuclear regulator once the UK leaves the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).

The UK has also signed two fresh safeguard agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Business Minister Richard Harrington said: “This major step in our work to prepare for Euratom exit ensures that we will continue in our role as a responsible nuclear state after leaving the EU and Euratom.

“These new agreements emphasise our continued commitment to the IAEA and to international safeguards and nuclear non-proliferation, ensuring continuity for our civil nuclear industry from day one of exit.”

Suella Braverman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, added: “These agreements are a positive step and will help ensure our cooperation with third countries in the field of nuclear energy will continue.”

> See the UK Government's statement

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