European Union Committee
Brexit: will consumers be protected?

9th Report of Session 2017-19 - published 19 December 2017 - HL Paper 51



Chapter 1: Introduction

Setting the scene

Box 1: EU’s powers to legislate for consumer protection

The EU Committee’s Work

Chapter 2: The EU’s consumer protection acquis and the UK

Complex and interconnected

Box 2: Examples of general EU consumer protection legislation

Box 3: Examples of sector specific EU consumer protection law

UK’s role in shaping EU consumer protection acquis

Box 4: Document 15251/15: Proposed Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content


Chapter 3: Significant areas of the acquis

General areas of the acquis

The ADR Directive

Three important aspects of the acquis

Box 5: The Rapid Alert System (RAPEX)

The Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation

Box 6: The Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation 2006/2004

Box 7: Example of the CMA’s pan-European cooperation on consumer protection


Box 8: European product standardisation bodies

Relationships with regulatory agencies


Chapter 4: The Government’s approach to consumer protection and Brexit

Government engagement with stakeholders

The utility of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Box 9: Legislating for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: Consumer Protection

Box 10: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill


Minister’s response to the risk of a reduction in the UK’s consumer protection standards


Minister’s response to the loss of reciprocal cross-border cooperation mechanisms


Pressure on national regulators


Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

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