DEFRA removes pesticide ‘loophole’ in post-Brexit rules

DEFRA has removed what it has called a “drafting error” in secondary legislation that would have paved the way for endocrine disrupting pesticides to be approved in the UK after Brexit.

The announcement, made on Thursday, followed an outcry from environmental groups who last week threatened the government with legal action over a statutory instrument on post-Brexit pesticides regulation that omitted key paragraphs in EU legislation barring products with endocrine-disrupting properties from approval.

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