We received a total of 302 responses to the consultation broken down as follows:
- individuals – 90
- industry or trade bodies – 88
- businesses – 68
- political organisations – 18
- charities – 17
- local government – 3
- academics – 3
- other categories, including public and professional bodies and trade unions – 15
- formal responses from the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive
Wider engagement through roundtables and direct calls with businesses, trade associations and business representative organisations involved a further 339 stakeholders across the UK.
The response overwhelmingly supported action to mitigate against both direct and indirect discrimination, including:
- the principles of non-discrimination on the grounds of avoiding new trade barriers
- ensuring regulatory consistency to deliver UK-wide benefits to consumers
- certainty for businesses as the transition period ends
Responses regarding independent advice and monitoring exhibited a broader range of views. There was support for the concept of an independent body having a role within the internal market, particularly with the involvement of all 4 administrations of the UK, as a key way of ensuring transparency and consistency within the UK internal market.