Last updated on February 26th, 2020 at 06:55 am

What is the situation after Brexit? Are there any changes for consumers?

Wednesday 29 January 2020, the European Parliament approved the ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ of the United Kingdom by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions. Friday 31 January was the last day for the United Kingdom as Member of the European Union.

From 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom became like any other country which was never part of the European Union. However, the United Kingdom was given a transitional period which is due to end on 31 December 2020. During this transition period, all European laws will remain in place in the UK. This means that there should not be changes with respect to consumer rights.

The consumers will still be able to contact the European Consumer Centre Malta (ECC Malta) for further assistance. If the mediation process fails, the consumer can still use other options like the European Small Claims Procedure up to a maximum amount of €5000.