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UK nuclear industry faces Brexit fall-out

Friday 19 May 17 9:00am

Battered sign on a truck carrying radioactive material | Blake Burkhart


By PAUL BROWN | The UK’s vote to leave the European Union has put the country’s nuclear industry at risk because its trade in radioactive materials will be forbidden under international law.

In the worst case scenario, legal experts say, the lights could go out in the UK, but they think the more probable outcome is simply that the government will find itself with an expensive industrial problem and an embarrassing diplomatic mess.

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