BEUC and its member organisations have closely followed the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. The new relationship between the two sides, agreed in late December 2020, is unique as it started from an integrated market where European and British consumers enjoyed a harmonised legal, supervisory and enforcement framework.
Geographic proximity requires continued cooperation between the two sides into the future. We will be monitoring new problems arising for consumers in this new context, such as hurdles when buying online. We will also check EU-UK efforts – or lack thereof – to cooperate on files that directly impact consumers, such as product safety, climate change, and the enforcement of consumer rights.