Local Member of the European Parliament Alex Mayer has repeated her call for the United Kingdom to stay in Euratom following today's debate in Parliament.
MPs discussed Euratom, an entirely separate treaty from our membership of the EU, signed in 1957 with the purpose of creating a single market for nuclear knowledge and resources in the peaceful pursuit of science and nuclear energy, at a Westminster Hall session this morning.
During a recent visit to Sizewell B in Suffolk Ms Mayer re-iterated Labour’ opposition to withdrawal from Euratom which provides safeguarding inspections for all civilian nuclear facilities in the UK, including, Sizewell. It is the legal owner of all nuclear material, and is the legal purchaser, certifier and guarantor of any nuclear materials and technologies that the UK purchases. This includes our nuclear trade with the United States.
Ms. Mayer said: “Theresa May’s obsessional approach makes her want to tear up our membership of an organisation on which 21% of UK electricity generation relies and that supports a critical industry providing 78,000 jobs.”
“Britain needs a close co-operative partnership with the EU after Brexit. The Euratom situation shows the wider problem with the Prime Minister’s extreme and reckless approach to Brexit, which is putting British jobs at risk.”