LONDON—The United Kingdom Chemical Industries Association and its European counterpart Cefic have issued a statement backing the Brexit deal agreed to last week between Brussels and London.
In particular, they said, ensuring continued participation in REACH through the European Chemicals Agency is the best outcome for the chemical industry in both the U.K. and Europe.
"The industry needs regulatory certainty on the arrangements between the EU and the U.K. for the period after 29 March," Cefic's director general Marco Mensink said in a Nov. 15 statement.
"The sooner these arrangements are agreed on, the better the industry can prepare, and the less disruption it will cause for trade," added Mensink.
Speaking on behalf of the Chemical Industry Association, Chief Executive Steve Elliott said, "We will continue to work with (members of Parliament) and members of the House of Lords to ensure there is a U.K.-EU deal for our country to leave the European Union and trade with member states in the future with minimum disruption to the chemical sector."
The Brexit agreement, however, remains under fire from many U.K. members of parliament and looks unlikely to be voted through in its current form, at least.