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UK's nuclear plant imbroglio fuels post-Brexit debate

The site of the Hinkley Point nuclear power stations besides the Bristol Channel in Somerset, England.   © Getty Images

The surprise announcement by the U.K. government on July 28 to delay a decision on going ahead with a $26 billion French-built nuclear power station may have a long-term impact that goes far beyond infrastructure financing and the country's energy supply.

It has immediately opened a heated debate about national security concerns regarding China, a key investor in the plant, with former cabinet ministers saying that suggested safety measures were rejected by the previous government.  It has also planted a marker on how the U.K. will negotiate its departure from the European Union, a process known as Brexit.

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