Commenting on the announcement that the European Commission has given the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset EU state aid approval, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:


“After months of uncertainty, British businesses will be relieved to know that the nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point has finally been given the green light.


“The businesses we speak to support plans for a new nuclear plant, because they see a balanced energy mix as crucial for the UK to ensure the security of our future energy supply. In addition a new nuclear plant will bring supply chain opportunities to local businesses in Somerset and beyond, as well as much needed jobs. 


“But while there are clearly many positives to talk of, we mustn’t forget the fact that delays, caused by indecisive governments, has been at the public expense. All parties must stop using energy policy as a political football, and instead work towards adopting a comprehensive, long-term strategy to guarantee the security of energy supplies.”