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Before a nuclear power station can be built, its design must be assessed to find out if the social, economic or other benefits outweigh the health risks or other detriments associated with ionising radiation. This assessment process is known as Regulatory Justification.
This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect the Great Britain’s (GB) membership of Euratom and the nuclear sector as a whole, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit-Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector, which details the background to the Euratom Treaty and the evolving position on the UK’s exit from the Euratom Community as a corollary of Brexit. It includes discussion of Brexit and nuclear research and investment, Brexit and nuclear health and safety standards, Brexit and supply of nuclear fuel, Brexit and nuclear safeguards, Brexit and the nuclear common market, and Brexit and nuclear international agreements. It also discusses the Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018, the Nuclear Safeguards Regulations, and the government’s Brexit White Paper of 12 July 2018.
Although the date and time of withdrawal of the EU (exit day) is fixed in UK law (see: section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018)), the legal terms of the withdrawal negotiated with the EU are not. That leaves open the
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