(20 June 2019) The UK government published a revised statutory instrument on the Pesticides Regulation which fixes the “drafting error” previously reported by the University of Sussex (Brexit Watch n°22). Three paragraphs establishing the ban on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the EU’s regulation from 2009, had been deleted from the text of the UK instrument. The relevant provisions will be reinstated by the new amendment.
Last week CHEM Trust threatened with legal action unless weakened protections were amended. Michael Warhurst from CHEM Trust finds it “hard to believe” in a drafting error, given the strong lobbying of the US against banning hormone disrupting chemicals.