UK spying on EU makes Brussels clearance for Hinkley less likely.

The latest revelations by Ed Snowdon feature a claim that the UK & US spied on EU Commission vice-president Joaquín Almunia, responsible for competition matters including state aids. The Commission issues a statement, saying the situation was “not the type of behaviour that we expect from strategic partners, let alone from our own member states”. Alumina tells the New York Times he is “strongly upset”.
All EU member states are bound by the principle of loyal cooperation as set out in Article 4 of the EU Treaty. (See below.) Where the UK is breaking both general as well as specific European rules, it will make it easier politically for the Commission to block the Hinkley aid offer in addition to its legal duties to defend the single market.