Ministry of Justice

Rome I - should the UK opt in?

Status: Closed - with response

Open date: 02 April 2008

Close date: 25 June 2008

Responses published: 22 January 2009

The Rome I Regulation provides rules to determine which law applies to contracts that have connections with more than one country, such as cross-border business or consumer contracts.

The consultation paper considered the merits of the Rome I Regulation against its predecessor, the 1980 Rome Convention, and recommends that the UK opt in to the new Regulation and apply equivalent rules between England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Consultation paper


Most of the 37 responses to the consultation agreed that the UK should opt in to Rome I. The Regulation will come into force on 17 December 2009.