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Live updates: May delays nuclear power station decision

Theresa May has delayed a decision on whether the UK's first new nuclear power station in a generation should be built.

Energy giant EDF earlier approved the deal for the £18 billion Hinkley Point power station but our Business Editor Joel Hills learnt late on Thursday that it was "not all systems go".

ITV News' Chris Ship said the prime minister had accepted French President Francois Hollande's offer of more time "to make up her mind".

A planned press conference with EDF's chief executive on Friday morning has been cancelled.

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Greenpeace: Hinkley Point would be 'monumental disaster'

The government's decision to delay the go-ahead for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been welcomed by Greenpeace, who said the project could be a "monumental disaster".

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Kate Blagojevic said: "We really welcome the government's decision to press pause because we believe this project could be a monumental disaster for tax payers and for bill payers. It's so expensive.

"The government has negotiated a really sweet deal for EDF and its Chinese partners but it's not a good deal for us - people who are paying the bills.

"We believe that the government should be investing all of its efforts into the cutting edge technology that we're getting left behind on while the rest of the world is forging a path towards renewable energy powering all of the countries involved."

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