Select Page
Lawyers In For Britain: The UK and the EU: Benefits, misconceptions and alternatives banner
  • The substantive scope of the rights conferred by the WTO is significantly narrower that the rules of the single market – in particular, the rules of the WTO do not establish either a customs union or the fundamental freedoms and protections against discrimination on grounds of nationality that are conferred on UK nationals and businesses by EU law.
  • The rights conferred by WTO law, unless they are recognised under EU law itself, do not confer individual rights of action.
  • By contrast, EU law enables UK individuals and businesses directly affected by its operation to challenge inconsistent legislative and administrative action, both by the national authorities of the Member States and the EU institutions, and to claim damages where the breach of EU law is sufficiently serious and has caused them loss.