The SNP has today urged Prime Minister Theresa May to bring an end to the Hinkley Point nuclear power project after trade unions in France called for the EDF investment in the £18 billion plant to be declared invalid.
Three French trade unions have stated that information on the delay was withheld from board members by EDF ahead of a vote approving investment – further showing the utter chaos at the very heart of the nuclear project.
By 10 votes to 7, the board of EDF agreed on 28 July to go-ahead with the Hinkley plan – only for May to announce a ‘review’ of the project just a few hours later.
The UK review also appears to have strained Anglo-Sino relations, with the Chinese ambassador to the UK warning that the delay to approving the plant had brought the two countries to a “crucial historical juncture”.
He hinted that “mutual trust” could be in jeopardy if the UK Government decided not to approve the deal – to which the China Nuclear Generation Corporation is expected to fund about a third of the £18bn project.
The SNP have repeated calls for the UK government to not simply delay the beleaguered project further, but bring an end to the proposals as soon as possible with the cost to the taxpayer continuing to run out of control.
SNP MSP Gillian Martin, a member of Holyrood’s Economy & Jobs Committee, said: “There seems to be no end to the confusion and chaos running at the very heart of the Tory government’s nuclear power project – from ongoing uncertainty and delays, to problems emerging from France. Theresa May must pull the plug on this costly white elephant project immediately.
“More delays mean even greater costs to the taxpayer. As the problems at Hinkley continue to mount up, it is simply untenable to keep throwing away taxpayers money to bail the project out.
“Experts have already stated that Hinkley is yesterday’s answer to today’s energy needs – and I urge Theresa May to listen to expert opinion and take the long overdue decision to end the project for good.”