No wider comment so far on this crucial issue, but a discussion paper by academics at a London University (UCL) have explained that if the UK wants to export electricity to the EU (China’s Bradwell choice occurs here, and Sizewell facing across the sea to Europe), all of the environmental and Euratom and EU competition rules would still apply.
sage adds, the same would go for a European Court ruling on the Hinkley subsidy price.
Unlike oil and gas, electricity is not globally distributable, so any UK excess really has nowhere else to go. And we may want to import it too if a dominant UK nuclear industry proves, as we believe, very expensive compared to the EU’s price level. Here again the EU may not make it that easy, though big industry will put the pressure on.
Meanwhile Brexit and Climate Change (COP21 Paris Agreement) as an isssue is getting some press. Outside the EU, the UK could tear up its 2008 climate change law. Expect campaigns to stop this – and join them!
China Vice-Premier & Chancellor on Bradwell: part of the UK-loves-China programme, hyping because of Brexit, Hammond and Ma Kai agreed an assesssment of Bradwell for a Chinese reactor would now go ahead. It will take, they say, four years, but the whjole project could start rolling very fast. (Times 11/11/16).