Beijing-backed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant was put on hold by Theresa May due to her ‘general prejudice’ against Chinese investment and security fears
Prime Minister Theresa May has delayed a decision over the new £18-billion Hinkley Point nuclear power station over fears about possible security risks and the nature of the Chinese investment.
Mrs May repeatedly clashed with former Chancellor George Osborne over the controversial project which also involves French power firm EDF.
Osborne agreed to provide Chinese investors a £2billion Government guarantee to secure the support of the China General Nuclear Corporation and the China National Nuclear Corporation
However, Mrs May’s joint chief of staff, Nick Timothy warned the Chinese could ‘build weakness into computer systems which will allow them to shut down Britain’s energy production at will’.
Cryptic Mick, Ipswich, United Kingdom, about 6 hours ago
I am buying matches and candles. Lights and computers will be going off very soon.
Frank, Margate, about 6 hours ago
May is right
Mr Speaker, Vancouver, Canada, 7 hours ago
I am very impressed with May’s position on this file. I suddenly have a very favourable opinion of the new PM.
Unreformed Sceptic, London, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
China never learns – why bother putting your money in western countries’ projects? As far as these countries are concern, your money is good enough but not your intentions.
Anonymous, Leeds, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
China own our telecomms and can shut then down anytime. You don’t need a nuclear bomb to disable a country
Salford, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Get the Americans in. At least we can trust them and they mean us no harm.
Dave, Gosport, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Giving China any sort of control over our most basic utilities is sheer, utter stupidity and should never even have been considered let alone allowed. Very little else needs to be said.
mick 111, Rochdale, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
We should be building this ourselves in our own country, and investing in other countries we should be predator not prey
UK has freedom, RIP my little man xxx, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
This country once had all the skills and means needed. Now we pay France to build and China to finance it
von.k, southport, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
this is an insane project….p.w.r. very dangerous technology that has never actually worked anywhere in the world,,,this is not normal nuclear power..do your research…its so dangerous,,,when it goes wrong the whole of the south west would be evacuated….forget the money ..safety first for our nation
Richard., North Canterbury, New Zealand, 9 hours ago
I am amazed and appalled that Britain is not building its own nuclear power station….has science and industry sunk so low in the UK ?
brainz, oxford, 9 hours ago
sadly yes, we no longer have the skills needed for a project like this.