'Deeply flawed’ post-Brexit UK-REACH regulations scrape through the Lords

A new chemicals regulation regime will enter the statute books after the House of Lords backed the legislation by a narrow margin, though criticising it as “not fit for purpose”.

After a two-hour debate yesterday afternoon, peers could not simply nod the law through, which had been passed by the Commons after a similarly contentious debate a month earlier. Instead, they backed a motion to approve it while regretting that the regulations “fail to fulfil the prime minister’s intention to maintain the United Kingdom’s participation in the European Chemicals Agency” (ECHA), add bureaucracy and costs, may increase animal testing and put new burdens on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the environment agencies.

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