The Government has continued to prepare for our departure from the EU and Euratom. Although the Government’s preference is to leave with a deal, if it is not possible to reach a deal with the EU, then we will be leaving with no deal on 31 October.
To support the civil nuclear sector to make preparations for such a scenario, we have updated the guidance issued in March on sector-specific issues, to provide the latest information on what businesses need to do to prepare. The updated guidance does not materially change the actions required, but is simply intended to make actions for businesses easier to identify. Links to this information can be found below.
- Prepare to import ‘relevant’ nuclear materials from the EU after Brexit: licensing requirements
- Exporting nuclear-related items after Brexit
- Shipping radioactive waste and spent fuel after Brexit
- Shipping radioactive sources between the UK and EU after Brexit
- Transboundary impacts of radioactive waste disposal: reporting and notification obligations (Euratom Article 37) after Brexit
- Nuclear Cooperation Agreements: implementation guidelines for operators
- Nuclear research after Brexit
In addition to this guidance, as part of preparing to deliver a UK State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material, and providing a domestic safeguards regime after the UK leaves Euratom, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has prepared some draft guidance for safeguards inspectors. The draft guidance, which is based on ONR practice, regulations and existing safeguards good practice, is for ONR safeguards specialists to regulate against The Nuclear Safeguards (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, specifically to judge compliance and inform inspections. Comments are open on this guidance until 31 August 2019.
A factsheet has also been produced by the Home Office to address recent reporting on freedom of movement. Any further information on this topic will be shared with stakeholders as it becomes available.
As previously, we would encourage stakeholders, where appropriate, to cascade this information throughout supply chains. If there are specific concerns related to the UK leaving the EU without a deal that are not covered in this guidance or on which more information is required, please get in touch with the Euratom Exit Team at CNRDEuratomCP@beis.gov.uk.