The desire to align the UK with Euratom
was welcomed by businesses and trade unions.
"So EDF have to be able to plan around the implications of leaving Euratom
, if that's what they're going to be doing.
Jonathan Leech, senior commercial and nuclear energy lawyer at Prospect Law, said: "The Euratom
treaty has a separate exit process that need not be triggered at the same time as triggering exit from the EU.
wanted to verify these sources during the recent Physical Inventory Verification.
EU and Euratom
are supranational administrative bodies.
Energy minister Lord Henley said the triggering ofArticle 50to leave the EU also started the process for leaving Euratom
- so it was a "done deal".
is the shortened name for the European Atomic Energy Community, which is under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice but not the EU.
Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of energy and environment and lead author, said: "In order to secure the future of the UK nuclear industry, the government must look to replace mechanisms currently provided through Euratom
which allow for international trade and provide assurances on nuclear safety, nuclear proliferation and environmental issues."
The proposed decision is based on Article 7 of the Euratom
Another issue was whether, under article 75 of the Euratom
treaty, any export of uranium is covered by EU controls, if a similar consignment of material is to be returned to the exporter in the future.
The EU Council gave the green light, on 8 December 2012, to continuing cooperation between Switzerland and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom
The EU Council gave the green light, on 8 December, to continuing cooperation between Switzerland and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom