Brexit voids 2,900 REACH registrations

At least 2,900 REACH registrations made by UK entities, around 3% of the total number, are now void due to Brexit and will be revoked, the European Chemicals Agency has said.

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Brexit: Concerns over green safeguards as MEPs prepare to examine UK trade deal

Environmental groups in London and Brussels have warned that the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU may fail to ensure green standards are upheld despite including a commitment not to undermine existing protections.


UK government to retain emissions trading next year

Emissions trading will not be replaced by a carbon tax in January, the UK government has confirmed, saying it will explore the scheme’s expansion into new sectors and potential future alignment with the EU ETS, itself the subject of reforms under the European Green Deal.

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Brexit: UK cases at ECJ will ‘fall away’ next year, says minister

The UK’s environment minister has said that ongoing infringement cases will ‘fall away’ from January, in comments that are at odds with the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement


Industry group invokes Brexit threat to warn against new chemicals rules

The European Commission should not ‘change the rules’ as part of its long-awaited chemicals strategy because of the risk of regulatory divergence between the UK and the EU, Cefic has warned

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Barnier warns against English regulator’s support for ‘less rigorous’ water rules

The EU’s chief negotiator with the UK has criticised the head of England’s environmental regulator for expressing his support for water quality reform, saying it raised ‘major environmental and health concerns’

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