Don’t weaken holiday protection laws, Which? warns Government

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Which? is urging the Government to save consumer holiday protections that are at risk of being watered down in a review of EU laws.

It says Package Travel Regulation (PTR) protection is at risk under the Government’s Retained EU Law Bill, which plans to alter or scrap EU-derived laws by the end of the year.

The consumer champion says the Government’s rush to review EU laws could leave holidaymakers with diminished protections when trips are ruined by last-minute changes.

Former Business Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, who introduced the Retained EU Law Bill, said last year that he hoped to get rid of the PTRs for holidays in the UK, and Which? understands the Government is planning to consult on changes to the regulations soon.

Which? says the Government shouldn’t just preserve the protections but make them more forceful.

Which? Travel Deputy Editor Jo Rhodes said: “Alarmingly, there is a very real danger that the protections relied upon by millions of travellers every year are at risk of being watered down.

“It’s vital that these protections for holidays at home and abroad are retained – and strengthened – to give consumers full confidence when planning their getaways.”

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