Any national debate about the implications of Brexit on the UK's digital sector must involve consumers, a new report has stated.
According to the Carnegie Trust, there is currently no strong citizen or consumer voice involved in helping to shape the UK's approach to the digital sector post-Brexit.
William Perrin, a former advisor on communications policy in the Downing Street Policy Unit and the author of the report, therefore believes steps should be taken to address this gap.
"Consumer input can provide valuable insight to key issues," he wrote.
Mr Perrin said the Brexit debate in the digital sphere is currently being "dominated" by industry representative groups and analysts.
While he acknowledged they are doing a good job of articulating the risks and opportunities Brexit presents for digital services, he believes the loss of the consumer voice is a strategic weakness.
Furthermore, Mr Perrin noted that while the government has gone to great lengths to reassure businesses about the issue, "very little has been said about consumers of digital services".
He argued that the lack of a consumer voice is important for several reasons. For instance, he said the EU Digital Single Market proposals are largely perceived to be "consumer-friendly".
However, he said their finalisation and implementation "bridges the Article 50 process". As a result, it is not clear impact they will have on British people.
"It is important that the interests of UK consumers are properly represented in negotiations about the implementation of the Digital Single Market," Mr Perrin insisted.
He went on to state that policymakers need consumer input "from industry and consumer groups for trade negotiators to achieve the best possible deal post-Brexit for the digital sector".
This, he said, means it makes sense for the Digital Economy Council and its subgroups are expanded to include consumer voices around the table.