A trade and diplomatic conflict arose between Great Britain and Belgium, the reason was the refusal of Brussels to transfer equipment for nuclear deterrence forces to its NATO ally. About it writes times.
According to the newspaper, Britain needed a specialized high-pressure isostatic press used in the nuclear industry to handle radioactive waste. These products are made by the American-Belgian company EPSI in Antwerp. A source in the Belgian government called the production “unparalleled in the world.”
Also, according to the newspaper, Belgian presses are used at the plant in Aldermaston, which is responsible for the development, production and maintenance of British nuclear warheads. The post-Brexit export license was seen as a formality, but Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Georges Zhilkinet, who is a member of the Greens, opposes nuclear weapons, so he blocked the deal.
In addition, the conflict escalated after British threats to refuse the supply of machine guns worth 600 million euros by the Belgian company FN Herstal, the publication says.