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Belgium blocks export of nuclear technology to UK | News

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Belgium and the UK have become embroiled in a row after the Belgian government blocked the export of technology that is critical for maintaining the British 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 the export is authorised.

Senior Belgian government sources are worried that the row endangers western unity and Nato at a time of war in Europe.

Two weeks ago, the federal Belgian government refused authorisation for a specialised isostatic press needed to maintain Britain’s nuclear arsenal because the greens, which make up a fragile ruling coalition,

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