MEP Calls On Colleagues To Reject Reach Compromise

15 November 2005
Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith today called on his fellow Scottish MEPs to reject the compromise proposals on the controversial EU chemicals legislation, REACH.

Mr Smith, speaking in advance of a debate in Strasbourg later today (Tuesday) condemned the deal done by the European Socialists, Liberal group and People's party which includes Scottish Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative MEPs and called on them to protect public health by backing the alternative compromise put forward by EFA and the Greens

"I have been disheartened to hear that last week many of the stronger proposals in Reach have been watered down by these political groups and that if they have there way much of the good that could be done by REACH will be rejected."

"I and my colleague Ian Hudghton will be opposing this compromise deal and I hope that Scotland's five other MEPs will help bring this compromise down and instead opt to strengthen the proposals."

"It is unacceptable that this stitch up has been done and that an important piece of legislation that this Parliament has spent two years working on is now being unpicked in a back room deal. "

"REACH offers us a chance to ensure all the chemicals used in our daily lives and in products are safe. The level of toxins in our society is a major issue that can lead to all sorts of health fears and we should have accurate information on these chemicals.

"Further more these toxins end up affecting our environment as well as our health. It is vitally important that we have a system where chemicals are safe, registered and any potential dangers are known - the compromise deal just leaves too many loopholes. "

"I call on my Scottish colleagues to protect the Scottish consumer and the Scottish environment by supporting real legislation for REACH."