Gove: Participating in REACH would be loss of sovereignty

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has dismissed suggestions that the UK should remain involved with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and refused to publish an impact assessment for a prospective EU trade deal.

He came before the Commons’ Future Relationship with the European Union Committee – renamed from the Exiting the EU Committee after December’s general election – yesterday.

While Gove said that the government wants to maintain involvement in a number of EU science programmes, he again insisted that “we will not be dynamically aligning with the EU” or “subject to any EU agency”. This, of course, would rule out continuing to regulate chemicals through REACH and thereby membership of ECHA, as it would mean being subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU.

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