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Welder Shortage Threatens Boris Johnson’s U.K. Nuclear Revival

  • Brexit will reduce the flow of skilled workers from Europe
  • Lack of workers will make delivering new plants more difficult
A welder working at EDF’s Hinkley Point C reactor project.
A welder working at EDF’s Hinkley Point C reactor project.
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Britain’s plan to revitalize its aging nuclear energy infrastructure is likely to take a hit if Brexit jeopardizes a crucial supply of welders.

The skilled workers have been in short supply for years, a strain that will likely worsen as new nuclear projects are built. About 13% of Britain’s welders come from other countries in the European Economic Area, according to the Migration Advisory Committee, which keeps a list of occupations with a shortage of workers.