UPDATE : the DEFRA statement is here.
UK DEFRA has confirmed an article in this morning’s Guardian online – the UK will back a total EU ban on neonicotinoids. This newspaper article is here.
“A total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe will be backed by the UK, environment secretary Michael Gove has revealed. The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, a discovery Gove said had shocked him.”
In 2013, three neonicotinoids were restricted by the EU.
Per The Guardian : “The European Commission now wants a total ban on their use outside of greenhouses, with a vote expected in December, and the UK’s new position makes it very likely to pass.”
The European Commission’s information on its regulatory activities in this area is here.