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Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Brexit causes doubt on textile chemical rules

Written by John Mowbray

LONDON – Although Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the only thing certain for what this means in terms of the environmental impact of textile production is uncertainty. Some UK importers of textile and clothing are already questioning if REACH regulations will apply to them going forward, or will they be eventually watered down?

Meanwhile, UK producers of textile chemical formulations are also saying that Brexit may actually make it easier for them to sell into Europe – since Britain will be treated as a ‘rest of the world’ country and REACH places the onus of compliance on the importer to register products greater than 1 tonne per annum. John Mowbray reports.