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‘Brexit freedoms bill’ could abolish all pesticide protections, campaigners say

The bill would see 570 EU-derived environmental laws removed at the end of 2023, with little time to replace them

The government’s “Brexit freedoms bill” could see all legal protections from pesticides abolished, wildlife campaigners have warned, putting insects, wildlife and human health in danger.

The bill, published a week ago by prime minister Liz Truss’s new administration, would see all EU-derived laws removed at the end of 2023, including 570 environmental regulations. The government could retain or amend some regulations, but has not set out plans to do so. Campaigners are worried there is insufficient time to put new regulations in place.

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