‘Unravelling an omelette back into eggs’: What does the Brexit deal mean for chemicals regulation?

In the final stages of the Brexit trade deal negotiations, the concept of sovereignty, alongside fishing quotas, emerged as one of the final sticking points. The UK’s position was that it needed the right to diverge from EU law and regulations as a point of principle – and when it comes to the regulation of chemicals, among much else, it got what it was asking for, however academic.

by Adam Branson
Chemicals manufacturing plant. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Getty Images
Chemicals manufacturing plant. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Getty Images

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