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Lords to press Government again on consumer rights post-Brexit


The House of Lords will tomorrow, Wednesday 16 January, debate the EU Justice Sub-Committee's critical report, Brexit: will consumers be protected?, which was published in December 2017.

The report called on the Government to explain exactly how it intends to ensure that UK citizens' consumer rights will be protected and enforced after the UK leaves the European Union. The Committee argued that mirroring the rights we currently have in EU law is not enough.

The debate is being moved by Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, Chair of the EU Justice Sub-Committee, Lord Henley will respond on behalf of the Government. 

Lord Bilimoria, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, Lord Judd, and the Earl of Kinnoull are listed to speak.

The debate will take place after 3.30pm on Wednesday 16 January.

At the time of publication Chairman of the Committee Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws said:

“Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility gave us no reassurance that consumer rights will be protected once we leave the European Union.

“The UK has spent 40 years shaping the body of law, including 90 European Directives, to protect consumers across the EU. These consumer rights ensure high standards, and the EU mechanisms currently in place allow us to seek compensation, and lead to improved services. In a world where the products we buy are internationally manufactured, the holidays we go on can take us all over the world and consumer protection is proven to be more effective through cooperation, the Government must do everything it can to make sure the UK and the EU continue to work together.”

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