10,000 jobs at risk if new Sizewell nuclear plant does not go ahead

An artist's impression of the proposed nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk

An artist's impression of the proposed nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk

An artist’s impression of the proposed nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk

Up to 10,000 UK jobs could be lost if the Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk does not go ahead, businesses and trade unions have warned.

As many as a third of workers would be laid off at some firms in the nuclear industry supply chain, mostly in high-skilled construction and engineering roles, according to the Sizewell C Consortium.

Days ago Japanese group Hitachi pulled out of the Wylfa nuclear power plant on Anglesey, dealing another blow to the UK’s nuclear plans.

Sizewell C needs Government approval. 

This is tricky because although it is being led by France’s EDF, Chinese state-backed nuclear group CGN owns a minority stake. 

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Tensions between London and Beijing have flared since the Government’s decision to exclude Huawei’s equipment from 5G networks.

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