Analysis: Why the UK lags behind the EU on chemicals rules

While the UK government promised leaving the EU would not lead to watered down green protections, campaigners warn its approach to chemicals is ‘heading in a worrying direction’. Will the more ‘industry-friendly’ approach undermine the REACH regime?

by David Burrows
Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland. The UK's post-Brexit chemicals regime has already begun to diverge from the EU's. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland. The UK's post-Brexit chemicals regime has already begun to diverge from the EU's. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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