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Chinese nuclear block 'staggering U-turn' from Conservatives

26 Jul 2021
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Huge opportunity to regain the UK’s position as the world leader in new nuclear

GMB, the energy union, has responded to reports Ministers are investigating ways to prevent China’s state-owned nuclear energy company from involvement in all future power projects in the UK.

Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary, said: 

“This move represents a staggering u-turn from the Conservatives. 

We now have a huge opportunity to regain the UK’s position as the world leader in new nuclear - which is vital if we are going to hit our net zero targets.

Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary

“Just a few years ago, they were ready to hand over whole nuclear projects in the UK to China - lock stock and barrel.

"We now have a huge opportunity to regain the UK’s position as the world leader in new nuclear - which is vital if we are going to hit our net zero targets.

“But to make it happen the Government needs to stop talking and start investing in our own manufacturing supply chain.” 

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