||<p>The European Commission Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (pesticides
legislation and residues) voted not to renew approval of chlorothalonil on 22 March.
The Commission is now expected to adopt this proposal. Once the text is published,
it will come into force after 20 days.</p><p> </p><p>When we leave the EU, the UK
will retain the list of EU-approved pesticides in UK law as it stands at the point
of departure (or at the end of the Implementation Period, if this applies).</p><p>
</p><p>If we leave the EU without a deal and the EU decision on chlorothalonil is
not in force at the point of leaving the EU, then the UK will make its own decision
on this approval. We have made clear that we will not weaken standards. Decisions
on the use of pesticides will continue to be based on a careful scientific assessment
of the risks, and we would legally apply the same principles established under the
EU regulation. Responsibility is shared between Defra and the Devolved Administrations.
This would be based on a recommendation from our national regulator, the Health and
Safety Executive, and additional independent advice and assurance from the UK Expert
Committee on Pesticides.</p>