Politi­cians reach for the truth

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ 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

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