Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn.
French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved the funding at a board meeting on Thursday.
However, the government then said it needed to review the project.
The GMB union described the delay as “bewildering and bonkers”.
Contracts were due to be signed on Friday.
Jean-Bernard Levy, EDF Group chief executive said he remained confident the project would go ahead.
“I have no doubt about the support of the British government led by Mrs May.”
‘Dithering and delay’
Justin Bowden, the GMB union’s national secretary for energy said: “Theresa May’s decision to review the go-ahead on Hinkley Point C is bewildering and bonkers.
“After years of procrastination, what is required is decisive action not dithering and more delay.
“This unnecessary hesitation is putting finance for the project in doubt and 25,000 new jobs at risk immediately after Brexit.
“It is a gross error of judgment and must be reversed.”
Ian Liddell-Grainger, the Conservative MP whose constituency includes Hinkley Point, said Mrs May is doing exactly the right thing.
“Theresa checks everything, and she wants to make sure this is right.
“We’re talking about three countries, we’re talking about an enormous deal for the United Kingdom, for France and for China. She wants to make sure it’s the right job and that’s what she’s doing she’s checking it as all good Prime Ministers should.”
Critics of the plan have warned of environmental damage and potential escalating costs.
They are also concerned that the plant is being built by foreign governments.
One third of the £18bn cost is being provided by Chinese investors.
China General Nuclear Power Corporation said it remained committed to the project.
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Source:: BBC UK