Leaving the EU will create a number of changes for consumers in the UK. Politics aside, which subjects can we help you with?
From the first of January 2021, the UK’s transition period will end. The politics of the situation aside, this new arrangement is likely to mean a fair few changes to us as consumers, including how we shop, travel, trade with other nations, and more.
With coronavirus very much a concern on people’s minds, the end of the transition period has almost taken a back seat.
As the new year approaches and with so many details yet to be confirmed, we want to hear what practical issues Which? might be able to help with.
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How can I take my car to Europe?
In the event of a no-deal Brexit consumers would need an international driving permit. These can be purchased in person from a post office, but not online. Currently just three in 10 post offices offer an IDP service.
In a no-deal scenario you will also require a Green Card to take your vehicle outside of the UK.
A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance which proves that your UK Motor Insurance policy provides you with the minimum compulsory insurance cover required by the country you’re visiting. You need to contact your insurance company in advance to obtain this card.
See our full guide on driving in the EU after Brexit
Find out more about International Driving Permits and Green Cards
Will Section 75 protection still work if I’ve bought from the EU?
Section 75 still will apply for qualifying credit card purchases where there has been a breach of contract or a misrepresentation – even if this is from an EU trader.
Find out more about Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act
Food and Food Standards
What will happen to the value of my pension?
The state pension will rise by up to £229 in 2021 thanks to the triple lock guarantee.
What about interest rates?
The Bank of England are confirmed to be actively considering the impact if the base rate were to fall to 0% or into negative figures.
Find out what this means for you
Will the environment be a higher priority after Brexit?
The government has asked consumers for their views on post-Brexit climate-friendly standards for electronics which, if introduced, could help consumers’ energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.
Read more about ambitious new post-Brexit energy standards
What do I need to know about travelling to Europe after Brexit?
In a nutshell:
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least the next six months
- Take out travel insurance that covers Brexit-related disruptions
- If driving, make sure you have an international driving permit and a green card (if driving your own car)
There’s a lot more, so be sure to read our full guide on Travel after Brexit.
Will I have to pay roaming charges on my mobile phone?
Including free roaming in trade deal negotiations could save UK holidaymakers significant amounts of money.
The latest information on where there are extra costs for using your phone can be read here.