DEFRA threatened with legal action over ‘weakening’ of chemicals laws after Brexit

DEFRA faces the prospect of a judicial review unless it urgently addresses gaps in secondary legislation relating to the UK’s chemicals regulation after Brexit, green groups have warned.

In a letter drafted by law firm Leigh Day, chemicals campaign group CHEM Trust has accused the government of going back on its pledge not to weaken environmental law by omitting protections relating to the approval of endocrine-disrupting plant protection products.

Secondary legislation published in March that carries over EU pesticides law onto the UK’s statute books omits key paragraphs that bar products with endocrine-disrupting properties from being approved by regulators.

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