No deal ‘uniquely damaging’ to health sector, warns UK minister

Failing to reach a Brexit deal for the medical sector would be “uniquely damaging” to both the UK and EU, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs on Tuesday (23 January). The government’s decision to withdraw from the EU’s nuclear authority Euratom could also mean the UK losing access to the isotopes used in radiotherapy treatments for cancer. Questioned by MPs, Hunt said that the UK would maintain “as close as possible relationship with the EU, meaning a continuation of the arrangements the UK currently has, but with a different legal structure underpinning them.”