Media playback is unsupported on your device

European Commission investigates Hinkley nuclear deal

3 December 2013 Last updated at 08:54 GMT

The European Commission has launched a detailed investigation into the deal to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, the BBC understands.

The commissioners want to know if it breaches EU competition laws, and a decision could be months away.

EDF - the company behind Hinkley C - told the BBC this was always to be expected and it does not see it as a major setback.

But, a local MP has criticised the EU and said it was "typical of their attitude towards Britain".

BBC Points West's Clinton Rogers reports.

Most watched

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.