The post-Brexit legacy of EU consumer law in the UK: chronic rejection or continued acceptance?

James Devenney, Mel Kenny

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On 23 June 2016 the UK voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to leave of 'Brexit' the EU (on a 72.2% turnout this equated to a Brexit vote of 37.5% of those entitles to vote). The results appeared to cause greatest shock amongst 'Brexit' proponents, some of whole initially called for stalling the process at their moment of triumph. The repercussions will consume the energies of the UK Government for years to come with 'a million mad questions;' and this threatens to disrupt trade and investment patterns as well as the work and retirement plans of millions of EU and UK citizens. All this disruption comes at a time when the EU is vulnerable; faced with a refugee crisis, Russian aggression and the Eurozone crisis which threaten its viability. This editorial reflects on just one aspect of Brexit' the legacy of EU consumer law in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of European Consumer and Market Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


  • Brexit
  • EU consumer law
  • EU trade

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