Reactions to Reach vote fly in thick and fast

Left slams big business, right pledges to undo stricter authorisation, industry and environmentalists split

Stakeholders from all sides were quick to respond to the vote on Wednesday afternoon. Parliament's lead rapporteur, Guido Sacconi, fired a broadside at the chemicals industry, saying that MEPs had faced "unbelievable pressure" and that big business had run "a hardline campaign of disinformation" in the run-up to the vote.

Despite this, according to Mr Sacconi's Socialist party, the parliament had determined "to give people in Europe the strongest protection in the world from dangerous chemicals".

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