Post by James Harris
Europe's nuclear trade body has said it sees no reason why the UK cannot
quickly sign a nuclear deal with the EU after Brexit which mirrors
agreements the bloc already holds with the US and Japan.
Foratom, which is based in Brussels and represents nearly 800 nuclear
firms across the EU, said it "absolutely" wanted to maintain close links
with the British nuclear industry, even after its departure from the
European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
The government's announcement that Britain will leave Euratom - a
process dubbed "Brexatom" - is controversial, as it would force the
country to establish its own nuclear safeguards regime and sign complex
nuclear co-operation agreements with trading partners.
But Berta Picamal, a member of Foratom's executive office, said it was
eager to set up a partnership that was "as close as possible" to the
current regime as it would be mutually beneficial.
Sure, there could be agreement on some matters such as EURATOM, ERASMUS and
Brexiteers were never that concerned about EURATOM and similar as long as
membership meant no role for the hated CJEU.
Post by James Harris
Another supposed hurdle apparently wept aside. Project Fear is turning
into Project Timidity.
Project Fear is the scenario painted by the Brexbeleavers who warn the EU that
you better make concessons right now or we will cut off our nose to, er, spite
Speaking in the Commons for the first time since her disastrous
conference speech, Mrs May laid the ground work for Britain
quitting the EU without a Brexit deal last night - raising the
stakes as the fifth round of divorce talks got underway in
Under the customs blueprint revealed tonight, the UK would slap
quotas and tariffs on EU nations and their exports, "in line
with the Government's World Trade Organization obligations".
The move would hike the prices of goods imported from the
continent, and lift costs for UK companies exporting to Europe.
Lorries transporting products to the EU would face delays as
they underwent tough new customs checks.
Enforcing the new regime at ports such as Dover, where roll-on
roll-off ferries import and export goods to the continent, and
along the Northern Ireland frontier - the UK's only land border
with the EU - "are likely to be the most complex", the paper