Green groups call for more clarity on pesticides rules after Brexit

The government’s plans to establish a new system for regulating pesticides after Brexit require “significantly more clarity”, green group RSPB has said following a debate in the House of Commons last week.

MPs last week discussed a piece of secondary legislation on pesticides that closed a loophole that would have allowed endocrine disrupting chemicals to be used as active substances in pesticides - products that are banned under EU rules. 

The loophole, discovered by two masters students, gave rise to fears that technical legislation known as statutory instruments (SIs) could end up inadvertently diluting the UK’s environmental standards after Brexit. 

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