Electronic Commerce: EU Law

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish proposals for modernising the eCommerce Directive.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Any revision to the eCommerce Directive is the sole initiative of the European Commission. We are not aware of any plans to revise this Directive at this point. The UK is subject to EU law whilst it remains a Member State of the European Union.

During the implementation period agreed as part of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will no longer be a Member State yet to give businesses and citizens certainty, common rules will remain in place until the end of the period meaning businesses will be able to trade on the same terms as now up until the end of 2020. This includes the eCommerce Directive.

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