MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In last week’s paper on nuclear materials and safeguards issues, the UK government said it retained the right to "return radioactive waste… to its country of origin." A state-run plant in northwest England has been processing nuclear waste from Germany, Italy and Sweden.
An unnamed adviser to the UK government, which is negotiating a post-Brexit cooperation deal with the EU’s Euratom nuclear agency, told the Financial Times newspaper Brussels could see a "boatload of plutonium" in the Antwerp harbor unless a pact was made.
British and EU officials converged in Brussels this week for negotiations aimed at agreeing the terms of Britain’s departure from the union – and simultaneously from the 1957 deal on Euratom – scheduled for March 2019.
The Guardian newspaper reported that the European Union had balked at the UK’s proposal of a new nuclear deal with London, demanding it accepted the jurisdiction of the European court of justice on the issue, something the UK prime minister is not ready to do.