How will Brexit Changes affect Personal Injury in the UK?
posted on Jun 15, 2018
Personal Injury UK: EU Directives, National Law, and Brexit
The concerning controversial implications of Brexit seem to draw nearer in the personal injury claims or personal injury UK sector. This is as the reality of Brexit comes to shine next year March-specifically “11pm UK time on Friday 29 March 2019”, according to the BBC. Although there are, according to Lawyer Monthly, EU directives concerning personal injury claims law in the UK. Therefore, it is not clear what will happen after the UK leaves the EU.
These directives, according to Ashfords include The Consumer Protection Act of 1987 and Health and Safety at Work. On top of this, it also includes the Accidents Abroad Directive. When it comes to consumer protection, the EU act of 1987 protects UK citizens from defective products. The Accidents Abroad Directive includes the EHIC card. This provides EU citizens with healthcare whilst abroad as well as safeguarding those abroad who were in an accident abroad but are uninsured or untraced. Lastly, the Health and Safety at Work provides health and safety measures as well as regulations to protect UK citizens.
The catch is, as Lawyer Monthly states, that the UK needs to pass new laws before they can simply forego the EU laws. This applies even if or when the country does leave the European Union
Arguments For and Against Brexit
Brexit has, from the beginning, been a controversial topic of conversation. There have been arguments from both sides of the field for and against Brexit. MarketWatch has outlined these arguments:
Those on the side of Brexit claim that it will bring much needed ‘Immigration control’ and will ‘improve the economy’. Furthermore, it will allow the UK to shape its own economy, it has an anti-establishment appeal and food prices would go down.
There are many arguments against Brexit. This side claims that the economy will suffer if the UK leaves the EU. Furthermore, that the uncertainty could hurt UK businesses and that it is more secure to stay in the EU. Lastly, that visas will be needed to travel as well as concerns over income loss.
“If the surprise outcome of the recent UK referendum - on whether to leave or remain in the European Union - teaches us anything, it is that supposedly worthy demonstration of democracy in action can actually do more damage than good. Witness a nation now more divided; an intergenerational schism in the making; both a governing and opposition party torn to shreds from the inside; infinitely more complex issues raised than satisfactory solutions provided. It begs to inquire 'Was it really all worth it'?”
― Alex Morritt
It seems that the general opinion from either side has not seriously considered the implications of Brexit on the personal injury claims sector or personal injury UK. Either way, it seems that these Directives will not simply be overturned. Therefore, for now, the personal injury claims UK and personal injury UK sector does not look like it will be facing any major changes.