How will Brexit affect my consumer rights?

Until we formally leave the EU, there will be no immediate change to your consumer rights when you buy or sell goods and services or travel abroad.

Is Brexit imminent? 

The prime minister enacted Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon on 29 March 2017. This started the formal process for the UK to leave the EU.

There is a minimum two-year negotiating period. This means the UK won't actually leave the EU until 2019 at the earliest.

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Know your rights. Use our guides to solve your everyday consumer problems or find out more about how Brexit could affect you. 

How does Brexit affect consumer rights? 

Even though many of our consumer rights are based on EU directives, most are actually enshrined in UK law. 

The Prime Minister has announced that the government will introduce a Great Repeal Bill to end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, a crucial part of leaving the European Union.

The bill will also bring all EU laws onto the UK books.

This means that now Article 50 has been triggered, laws and regulations made over the past 40 years while the UK was part of the EU will continue to apply and unless the UK government decides to change the law, many of your rights will stay the same even after we’ve left the EU.

Which? will work with the government and other consumer bodies to ensure that your consumer voice and rights are heard and protected throughout the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  

Until then, your consumer rights will stand as they are today. 

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