Updating international nuclear law

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The initial development of nuclear technology was military, during World War II.Two nuclear bombs made from uranium-235 and plutonium-239 were dropped on Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively in August 1945 and these brought the long war to a sudden end.

The regime includes treaties, conventions and common (multilateral and bilateral) arrangements covering security and physical protection, export controls, nuclear test-bans and, potentially, fissile material production cut-offs.

The only immediate impact following Brexit is that directly effective EU regulations will cease to have legal effect.

Most nuclear law in the UK is ultimately derived from International Treaties (typically /UN Treaties) or internationally accepted standards and best practice, rather than originating from EU law.

See our dedicated Brexit page for further information.

As things stand there is a huge amount of uncertainty surrounding the UK's exit from EU but here are a few points on the potential implications for UK nuclear law (in the order they appear in the Euratom Treaty) which deliberately exclude possible commercial implications: Withdrawal from the Euratom Treaty – Article 106a of the Euratom Treaty provides that the Article 50 procedure under the Treaty of European Union also applies to the Euratom Treaty.

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