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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. It considers the impact of Brexit on consumer protection taking into account developments up to 6 January 2021. For information on the impact of IP completion day on consumer protection and developments in this area, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for consumer protection?
This Practice Note considers the impact of Brexit on consumer protection, particularly in the context of the regulation of business-to-consumer (B2C) contractual relationships and trading practices, enforcement and consumer remedies.
Consumer protection law in the UK derives partly from EU law and partly from UK-specific law. In many ways, Brexit has had less of an immediate impact in the consumer protection space because there is regulatory fragmentation across the EU, and EU Member States are familiar with having to consider specific requirements in cross-border situations. This does not, however, mean that there has been no impact for consumers (and consequently for businesses).
This Practice Note considers the following:
Changes to consumer protection
Changes to consumer enforcement
Impact on UK consumers
Impact on UK businesses
UK and EC guidance
Applicable law and jurisdiction in consumer contracts and disputes
Key developments in the area of consumer protection
This Practice Note does not cover:
sector-specific consumer protection legislation, such as for consumer credit, the labelling or manufacture of food or textile products,
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