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Statement on EU referendum result | 24/06/2016
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), which owns and operates Culham Centre for Energy, has responded to yesterday's European Union referendum result. Professor Steve Cowley, the Chief Executive Officer of UKAEA, said:
“Last night’s vote for the UK to leave the EU will have no immediate effect on UKAEA’s operation of JET – Europe’s fusion experiment at Culham Science Centre – as funding is secure until the end of 2018.
“UKAEA – and EUROfusion, representing the European fusion community – are committed to try and exploit JET beyond 2018 up until 2020, attempting to set new performance records and help JET’s successor, the international ITER project, and every effort will be made to make this happen. But extensions to JET operation from 2018-2020 and beyond 2020 are much more uncertain after last night’s decision. We will work closely with our sponsor in Government (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) and European partners to try and secure the best outcome for UKAEA, JET and European fusion research.
“In the meantime, we remain fully focussed and committed to the operation of JET for European fusion researchers.”