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Competition and Markets Authority advises on Brexit and Consumer Protection

12 September 2017

The EU Justice Sub-Committee continues with its inquiry into Brexit: consumer protection rights. Mr Roland Green, Deputy General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority and Mr Jason Freeman, Director, Consumer Law, Competition and Markets Authority give evidence at the fourth oral evidence session.

Witnesses

Tuesday 12 September in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Mr Roland Green, Deputy General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority 
  • Mr Jason Freeman, Director, Consumer Law, Competition and Markets Authority

Background and topics for discussion

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) (formerly the Office of Fair Trading) is responsible for regulating UK markets and promoting competition in the interest of business, consumers and the economy. It also enjoys a specific responsibility under EU law to protect consumers and to cooperate, to that end, with other similar organisations across the EU's Member States.  

The areas likely to be covered in the evidence session include:

  • What role the CMA plays in protecting consumers nationally and across the EU's single market.
  • How the CMA has improved EU consumers' protection rights.
  • The impact Brexit is likely to have on consumer protection standards, and to what extent Brexit poses a danger to the CMA’s ability to protect UK consumers here.
  • Which aspects of the EU’s consumer protection regime, if any, the CMA would wish to see retained when the UK leaves the EU.
  • Whether the CMA is concerned that consumer protection has not so far appeared in detail in the Government’s Brexit plans, and what advice the CMA would give the Government.  

Further information

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