European Union policymakers should better take into account the “knock-on” effects of the legislation they produce, according to one member of the European Parliament.

“The law of unintended consequences is a very powerful thing,” says Julie Girling, who represents the south-west constituency in the UK. For instance, she says, referring to the REACH directive on chemicals, “if you have something that has been worked on for a long period of time, then surely i...

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