UK prepares legislation for departure from European Atomic Energy Community
The bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its first reading. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate.
MPs will next consider the bill at second reading on 16 October.
As set out by Business Secretary Greg Clark on 14 September, the government is committed to a domestic nuclear safeguards regime which will deliver to existing Euratom standards, exceeding those required by the wider international community.
The bill, first announced in the Queen's Speech on June 21, will bolster the roles and responsibilities of the Office for Nuclear Regulation once the UK leaves Euratom.
The government has said the UK will continue to be a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and work is ongoing on new agreements with international parties to ensure it continues to meet relevant international standards.
Energy Minister Richard Harrington said the "equivalent high standards of Euratom" are to be maintained.
The UK will withdraw from Euratom in 2019 as a result of the decision to leave the EU and the Nuclear Safeguards Bill will ensure that the UK has the right regime in place for the ONR to regulate nuclear safeguards, the minister said. ■