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Northern Ireland's energy security and UK's planned withdrawal from EURATOM examined

13 September 2017

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee questions experts on the implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland's energy supply, and on the UK's planned withdrawal from the Euratom Treaty.


Wednesday 13 September in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Silke Goldberg, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Robin McCormick, General Manager, SONI
  • Dr Owen Wilson, Chief Executive, Electricity Association of Ireland

At 11.45am

  • Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Dr Mina Golshan, Deputy Chief Inspector, Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • Angela Hepworth, Corporate Policy and Regulation Director, EDF

Possible questions

Areas the Committee may discuss on Northern Ireland include:

  • To what extent is Northern Ireland reliant on imported energy, from the British mainland or elsewhere, for its energy security?
  • What might be the effect of Brexit on either planned or currently operating interconnectors between the UK and the island of Ireland?
  • Is it feasible for the single electricity market on the island of Ireland to be maintained after Brexit?

Areas the Committee may discuss on Euratom include:

  • Will investments in nuclear power plant by other countries both within and beyond the EU still be viable after the UK withdraws from Euratom?
  • What will be the implications of withdrawing from Euratom for the ownership and management of nuclear waste in the UK and in the EU?
  • What would you expect and wish to see in the Government's upcoming Nuclear Safeguards Bill?

Further information

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