Microbeads remain a hot issue both domestically and abroad. In a mid-June 2016 appearance before Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, UK Environment Minister George Eustice testified in favor of aggressive movement toward a ban on plastic microbeads in toiletries and cosmetics. He indicated that Britain has been working with EU countries to bring the microbead prohibition issue to the forefront of the EU’s agenda and further suggested the UK would pursue a national ban if the EU failed to take action, or if the UK exited the EU. According to Eustice, several EU member states support a ban, including the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Austria. See The Guardian and Parliament Live TV, June 14, 2016.