In a recently published article for Speciality Chemicals Magazine, partner Dave Gordon asked what the implications are of a vote to leave the EU for chemical regulatory law and policy. The topic of the moment in the UK is whether a "Brexit" vote in the referendum on 23 June will be a good or a bad thing for the UK and it seems to be polarising the nation. It is worth reflecting on some of the more practical issues arising from a Brexit, such as how it could affect the chemical regulation landscape.
The vote will only be the beginning of a long and complex process to unpick and separate out the UK's chemical regulation into a stand-alone set of rules and regulations. Going forward from then, it is very unclear what approach the UK might take to how much of that legislation it would maintain for its own policy objectives and to continue to be able to access EU markets.