Politicians reach for the truth
✒ BORIS Johnson having resigned his cabinet post now busies himself (among other things) with a weekly column in he Telegraph.
Recently his focus was on UK chemicals.
Boris is concerned about the Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals authority, or REACH as it’s known. He welcomes our leaving the EU and therefore leaving REACH.
Not many days later David Davis MP told millions of BBC Question Time viewers that UK chemicals would benefit from Brexit.
The organisation opendemocracy, an independent group of investigative journalists, has tried to see how far UK leaders in the industry judge REACH to be harmful.
It may surprise few to know they found Boris’ assertion to be well wide of the reality. For instance, Professor David Collins, of City University, was asked about companies who want divergence from REACH he replied: “I don’t know of anyone who fits that description”. Julie Girling MEP said: “I have no knowledge of any company that wants to leave REACH. “On the contrary most companies want to reap its benefits in future.”
Dear Boris. He is such a card. And he is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Theresa May.
John Ricketts Lynworth