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Electronic Commerce: EU Law

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 71053, tabled on 8 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on UK consumers of the eCommerce Directive no longer applying to the UK from 1 January 2021.

Answered on

16 July 2020

The eCommerce Directive is a piece of EU legislation that seeks to facilitate digital trade within the EU’s internal market. By the end of the year, we will be a fully independent and sovereign country: this means that there will be no alignment with EU law. From 1 January 2021, online service providers based in the European Economic Area will be required to abide by UK legislation when providing services to UK consumers.