The Government has bowed to pressure from the National Farmers Union and agreed to authorise the use of the highly damaging neonicotinoid thiamethoxam for the treatment of sugar beet seed in 2021.
Bees and other pollinators are harmed by certain pesticides.
An article in Nov 2017 from the Department for Environment said: 'Tougher restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides are justified by the growing weight of scientific evidence they are harmful to bees and other pollinators.
The then Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said that the UK supports further restrictions on the use of these pesticides. Unless the scientific evidence changes, the government will maintain these increased restrictions post-Brexit.
Although scientific evidence has not changed, the government has now allowed restrictions to be eased.
Links with this article: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/bad-news-bees-government-reverses-ban-bee-killing-neonicotinoids https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-secretary-backs-further-restrictions-on-neonicotinoid-pesticides