Bid­ding farewell to Eu­ratom, Euro­pean courts

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

BRI­TAIN fleshed out its Brexit ne­go­ti­at­ing stance on nu­clear, jus­tice and other mat­ters yes­ter­day be­fore the first full round of talks with the EU next week, un­der­lin­ing it would quit nu­clear body Eu­ratom and the ju­ris­dic­tion of Euro­pean courts. In three po­si­tion pa­pers, Bri­tain said it wanted the tran­si­tion to be­ing out­side the EU to be as smooth as pos­si­ble and fore­saw a tran­si­tional pe­riod to help ease the wind­ing up of the bloc’s op­er­a­tions in Bri­tain. “The scope and du­ra­tion of such a tran­si­tional pe­riod may be dif­fer­ent for dif­fer­ent types of as­set or agency,” the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment said in a pa­per on “Priv­i­leges and im­mu­ni­ties”. In a sep­a­rate pa­per, it also said that Bri­tain had been ad­vised by the EU that it had to leave Eu­ratom, be­cause the treaties gov­ern­ing it and the EU were “uniquely legally joined”. “It is clear that the UK and the Eu­ratom Com­mu­nity have a strong mu­tual in­ter­est in en­sur­ing close co-op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture, to har­ness shared ex­per­tise and max­imise shared in­ter­ests,” said the pa­per on “Nu­clear ma­te­ri­als and safe­guards is­sues”.

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