Brexit and Euratom: No rush to exit?
As the UK government moves towards the formal process to exit the EU, Jonathan Leech and Rupert Cowen consider the implications of Brexit for the nation's membership of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
It is clear from Theresa May's speech on 17 January that the government sees little room for compromise in exiting the EU and that government is committed to re-establishing the supremacy of UK law within the UK.
Where does this leave UK membership of Euratom? Remaining in Euratom would entail partial membership of EU institutions and would leave significant areas of UK law subject to directives and regulations made in Brussels and (ultimately) interpreted in Luxembourg.