Energy Secretary Greg Clark has said that the UK will seek a “close association” with the EU’s nuclear body Euratom after Brexit.

In a written statement to Parliament, Clark said: “Through negotiations with the European Commission we will seek a close association with Euratom and to include Euratom in any implementation period negotiated as part of our wider exit discussions; and at the same time, to put in place all the necessary measures to ensure that the UK could operate as an independent and responsible nuclear state from day one.”

The minister said he would update MPs every three months on progress in the negotiations.

He also highlighted the need for foreign workers to be able to come and work in the UK’s civil nuclear industry.

Detailed negotiations

Clark added: “Whatever the outcome of the negotiations with the European Union (EU), it is vital that Government pursues all options for providing certainty for the civil nuclear industry that it will be able to continue its operations, including that the UK has a safeguards regime that meets international standards by the end of March 2019 and that necessary international agreements are in place.

“Such elements are not dependent on the EU negotiations and the UK Government is well advanced in delivering this plan”

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “The Secretary of State’s statement on Euratom is a useful and welcome step in setting out the government’s approach in seeking to secure equivalent arrangements to those we benefit from as a member of Euratom.”

> Read Clark's written response