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11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the implementation period put in place to enable the UK to transition away from the EU’s laws and institutions. At this point in time (referred to in this document as ‘IP completion day’) there was an immediate and significant change in the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note explains the implications of this change in relation to consumer protection.
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 already regulatory fragmentation across EU Member States, and traders trading with consumers in the EU are familiar with having to consider specific requirements in cross-border situations.
However, to the extent EU consumer protection law diverges from the position adopted in the UK or there is further deregulation in the future, UK consumer protection law may move further away from the position adopted in the EU and increase the compliance burden for traders. There are currently several significant developments in consumer protection legislation at the EU level and no clear indication as to whether the UK will implement similar changes.
The changes to UK consumer protection laws from IP completion day have been relatively minor. Most of the
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