Over 5,000 UK-based companies have now initiated transfers of their REACH registration transfers to EU27 entities ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario.

According to the latest figures from Echa, 5,200 companies took the initiative using the agency’s Brexit window, which will stay open “subject to further developments”.

Such transfers are necessary for UK companies to continue to have access to the single market if the country leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK was due to leave the trade bloc on 29 March but secured an extension until 12 April following a lack of support for Theresa May’s withdrawal deal in parliament.

On 10 April, the EU agreed to allow the UK an extension until 31 October to break the impasse. The UK must now hold European elections on 23 May, or leave on 1 June without a deal.