In response to the Common European Sales Law vote in the European Parliament today Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, said:
“It’s disappointing members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of the Common European Sales Law (CESL). We support measures to promote cross border trade, but this unnecessary law will achieve the opposite. Having two sets of rules will cause confusion and offer no choice for consumers, as it will be the traders who will opt for the regulations under which to sell goods. The outcome will be a hampering of cross-border trade. We urge the British government to continue its stance of opposition in the Council and join with others to defeat this unwelcome initiative.