In 2013, the European Commission announced it would restrict the use of neonicotinoids to crops that are not attractive to bees and other pollinators after the European Food Safety Authority concluded that three commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides pose an unacceptable danger to bees.

Nick supports the current European-wide ban because he believes it to be a proportionate response to the evidence. Since the ban was introduced, more evidence has been found –including research published by the University of Sussex in 2016 – which emphasised the risk of neonicotinoids to bees. The European Commission is reviewing the evidence and is expected to complete its assessment later this year.

The Government has said that current environmental regulations – including the ban on neonicotinoids – will remain in place until we leave the EU.

The importance of pollinators to our food supply, biodiversity and economy is clear and the decline in bee numbers must be guarded against.

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