Belgium blocks nuclear technology exports to UK | News

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Belgium and Britain have been embroiled in a row after the Belgian government blocked the export of technology vital to maintaining Britain’s nuclear deterrent, despite both countries being NATO allies.

The dispute has been escalated by warnings within the Belgian government that Britain has threatened to cancel an arms order worth up to £514.90 million (€600 million) for machine guns made by Belgium’s FN Herstal unless exports are approved .

Senior Belgian government sources are concerned that the dispute is jeopardizing Western unity and Nato at a time of war in Europe.

Two weeks ago, the federal Belgian government refused permission for a specialized isostatic press needed to maintain Britain’s nuclear arsenal because the Greens, who form a fragile governing coalition,

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