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Agreements required before withdrawal

Part of Nuclear Safeguards Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative, Stirling 7:15 pm, 8th May 2018

My hon. Friend has the power of mind-reading because the next thing I wish to say is that given that it will not be possible for us to maintain Euratom membership, the Government have taken the realistic approach of declaring through the process of the current round of negotiations that we would like to achieve an “as close as possible” relationship with Euratom, however that might ultimately be described. Although there is no such thing today as an associate membership, perhaps it is possible to become an associate of some form or another to the end of achieving that “as close as possible” relationship that we desire.