Will your consumer rights be weakened by Brexit? Lords to ask Which? and Citizens Advice
The House of Lords EU Justice Committee will next week take evidence from Which? and Citizen's Advice in a session focused on the impact of Brexit on UK consumer rights.
As a member of the EU, the UK was covered by a wide-range of EU consumer protection laws – from compensation for passengers when their travel is disrupted, to rules on food safety, standardised energy efficiency labelling, and bans on misleading advertising. The UK was also a member of EU agencies that help protect consumers including the European Food Safety Agency, the European Medicines Agency and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK's membership of all EU agencies ended at the end of January; pending any future agreements with the EU, EU law will cease to apply at the end of the year.
The Committee will use the evidence session to explore how Brexit will affect the rights of UK consumers and what the UK Government needs to do to ensure that consumers are adequately protected.
The evidence session will start at 10:45am on Tuesday 11 February in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords. Giving evidence will be:
- Matthew Upton, Director of Policy, Citizens Advice
- Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection, Which?