Access to online subscribed content post Brexit should be allowed, say Labour MEPs

Labour MEPs: UK govt must ensure Brits will benefit post-Brexit from new rules enabling EU-wide access to online services like Netflix

The European Parliament voted today for new laws that will allow consumers to access online subscribed content, like Netflix, while temporarily in another EU country - something the UK government must ensure British citizens continue to be able to benefit from after Brexit, Labour MEPs have said.

Under the new regulation, which comes into force in nine months, EU consumers will be able to access online content they have subscriptions to, when they are travelling outside their home country with their laptops, note-pads and mobile phones. Currently, access to these subscriptions is geo-blocked.

Mary Honeyball MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on legal affairs, said:

“These new rules are great news, and will enable people who travel abroad to be able to access their online subscribed services like Netflix throughout the rest of the EU. It is therefore vital that British citizens - be they holidaymakers, students, or those who go abroad temporarily to work - are able to benefit from these new regulations after Brexit.

“This is just the latest in a series of EU laws that benefit consumers - next month, from June 15, mobile phone roaming charges will be completely abolished throughout the EU, ending rip-off holiday phone bills. In the upcoming talks, the UK government must work to ensure British citizens continue to benefit from these great developments after Brexit.”

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