Referendum Watch: Consumer Rights

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

Consumer rights are something few people think about often. But it’s something almost everyone has used at some point. Did you know that it’s also a hot-button issue around our EU membership? We’ve done the legwork on finding the arguments so you don’t have to.

Brute Facts

  • The European Union can legislate on consumer rights (Source)
  • The single market is supposed to increase quality and efficiency (Source)
  • There is currently consumer rights legislation on a large variety of topics (Source)


  • The Remain side say that an average Briton will save £450 a year because prices have been lowered by the single market
  • They also say that flights and mobile phone charges are two specific services where EU consumer rights law can help real people on a daily basis
  • Finally, they say that the EU ensures that imported goods meet rigorous standards


  • The Leave side say that the EU’s red tape makes goods and services more expensive
  • They also say that the Tampon Tax row shows how the EU has too much power in the consumer rights area
  • Finally, they say that Consumer Law existed before the EU, and will exist after it too

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About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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