government calms fears that Brexit will halt Hinkley Point C
French government has attempted to calm fears that the UKs
vote to leave the EU will halt plans to build Hinkley Point C
nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea.
Emmanuel Macron, the French economy minister, said on Tuesday
(June 28th) that the vote will have "no consequences"
for the £18bn project and he urged EDF Energy to press ahead
with its final investment decision.
Speaking at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, he said that
France has "bilateral treaties and bilateral commitments
with Britain" for Hinkley Point that are not affected by
the UKs membership in the EU.
The comments come after fears that the instability caused by the
EU referendum may heap more tension on a deal that has already
been delayed many times.
One of the EDF unions, CFE Energies, said this week that due to
the "political and economic" uncertainty, it was "only
common sense" to delay the project. It said EDF should not
"rush into the unknown."
It highlighted the sharp fall in sterling since Friday and said
that nobody knew how, following David Camerons resignation
on Friday, a new British government will feel about the nuclear
George Osborne has been a powerful supporter of nuclear power
and an advocate for the project.