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Brexit may have unintended consequences for UK power supply

Britain's departure from the European Union may lead to problems for the country's nuclear industry and energy supply.

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The UK's decision to leave the European Union's atomic regulator after Brexit will put the country's nuclear industry at risk and may threaten power supplies, a cross-party group of lawmakers said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would leave the European Atomic Community as part of its departure from the EU. The body's main function is to safeguard nuclear fuel, making sure it isn't diverted to make weapons. Nuclear fuel suppliers and power plants also need certification from Euratom to buy material on the open market. While it will lose access to those services, the government said it wants to maintain close nuclear cooperation with the EU.

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