FRENCH energy giant EDF has assured that Brexit will have 'no impact' on negotiations to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

In wake of Britain's historic decision to leave the European Union, EDF chairman Jena-Bernard Levy made a statement emphasising there should be no fears of reconsidering the £18 billion plans to build two EPR reactors at the site.

“As of today, we believe that this vote has no impact on our strategy," Mr Levy said on Friday.

“Our business strategy is not linked to Great Britain’s political affiliation with the European Union, so we have no reason to change it,” he said.

The plan for Hinkley Point C is currently being challenged by the group's French trade unions, with the delayed final investment decision still pending.

“I would just point out that in the last few days, spokespeople on energy issues for the Brexit camp – notably Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom – have on numerous occasions and again in recent days come out in favour of maintaining the decarbonisation policy, of maintaining the nuclear option, and of maintaining the Hinkley Point project. Therefore there are no consequences from this vote today,” Mr Levy said.

He also sought to reassure about the financial impact of the pound falling on EDF’s accounts. “We operate in the markets like any large company, and we made sure that we did not take a position one way or the other. That means that we are in a neutral position vis-à-vis the movements that could occur in the markets,” he said.

“Market analysts believe that the pound will drop, but if the currency falls, the economy becomes more competitive. I think we need to adapt to economic conditions and to exchange rates, which can evolve.”

MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset Ian Liddell-Grainger insisted he will do all he can to ensure it is business as usual for companies in his Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency which have established trading links with Europe.

“What is of overriding importance is that we maintain our trading arrangements with the rest of Europe, and if any local companies do start experiencing problems then I would ask them to get in touch with my office and I shall do whatever I can to help," Mr Liddell-Grainger said.

“As to Hinkley Point, I don’t see the Brexit vote representing any impediment to the progress of the project. EDF is as keen to press ahead with this as a valuable commercial opportunity as we are to reap the benefits of the clean energy it will eventually deliver.”