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Live reaction: Hinkley nuclear power plant approved by government

The Hinkley C nuclear power station will go ahead following a "new agreement" with EDF, the Government has confirmed.

Here are the major developments:

  • The Government announced the new deal on Thursday morning
  • Energy Minister Greg Clark described it as a "major step forward" and an £18 billion investment in the economy creating 26,000 jobs
  • Chinese company CGN, which is investing in the deal, said it was "very happy" and that it was now "able to move forward and deliver" nuclear capacity at Sizewell and Bradwell
  • Unions and the French government have welcomed the deal
  • But Greenpeace has slammed the decision
  • Labour said the plant was 'vital' for the economy but criticised the Government's negotiations
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Hinkley reforms will ensure national interest, minister says

Changes to the Hinkley Point deal will secure the national interest, Greg Clark told parliament.

Energy and business minister Greg Clark said the Hinkley nuclear plant deal will bring the UK into line with other major economies and provide a "fair and consistent approach" to national security implications.

"It is important that the right balance between foreign investment and securing the national interest is met, and that is exactly what these changes will achieve," he told Parliament on Thursday.

These changes mean that while the UK will remain one of the most open economies in the world, the public can be confident that foreign direct investment works always in the country's best interests.

– Greg Clark

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