Could Brexit lead to dangerous toys in the UK?

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Could Brexit lead to dangerous toys in the UK?
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What will happen with Brexit may be unknown, but there are still plenty of worries. One of them is that there might be a flood of dangerous toys in the UK.

This is what the consumer group Which? warned about this week, The Guardian reports. Dangerous cars, electrical goods and toys could flood into the UK after Brexit unless the government reforms the current “failing” safety enforcement system, the consumer group Which? said today.

It also warned that Brexit and any possible deal should account for access of the UK to the European Safety Gate system. If that doesn’t happen, the UK will be ‘vulnerable to delays in spotting and dealing with unsafe products’. Unless of course it updates its own policy.

The Safety Gate is certainly working. There are 31 European countries which are members of it (more than the EU members) and they alert each other abut dangerous products. And the system is working better and better issuing more warnings.

Data from OECD and EUIPO shows that counterfeit goods are 5% of the annual EU imports and it constantly aims to rise. So it’s important to keep working together in keeping away dangerous goods and toys from the stores.