Brexit’s Going To Damage Your Make Up Now – Apparently

The latest little scare story from Project Fear. Coal tar will now be a viable ingredient of your mascara. Maybe eyeshadow:

How would you feel about putting a lovely dollop of formaldehyde on your nails? No? Well, perhaps I could interest you in a sprinkling of asbestos for your skin? Hmm, tricky customer, eh? OK, surely you couldn’t object to some coal tar on your eyelids, to really make them pop. Oh, come on, who wouldn’t risk a little light cancer for a really banging shade of eyeshadow? You wouldn’t? Too bad. In our brave new Brexit world, where EU legislation is no longer in force, and we are forced to accept trade deals on Trump’s terms, expect all these known carcinogens and more to be appearing on a beauty shelf near you.

Complete arglebargle of course. The Great Repeal Bill simply translated all EU legislation into British law. Thus all things which were illegal on March 28th 2019 will still be illegal on March 30th, after Brexit has taken place. All regulations about chemicals will still be in place.

Which only leaves us with one question left. Caroline Criado Perez is ignorant or lying?

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I think Caroline Criado-Perez is both ignorant and lying – don’t see why it needs to be a choice.

On the wider point of ‘nasty’ things being allowed via trade deals – do we have to consume them? Do the trade deals come with a quota that we have to force down the throats of the populace (chlorinated chicken) or on the faces of women (coal tar)?

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I’ve used Wright’s Coal Tar Soap all my life (though no coal tar has been involved in its production for five years) – and it’s never done me any harm (apart from this strange scab on my forearm …)