EU Tampon Tax slammed

Tampon tax: Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately


UKIP Press Release

• UKIP MEP Louise Bours said:


“Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement. David Cameron having to plead for change just shows how weak and dependent he is on the EU.  Let’s vote to get out in June and control our own affairs.

“Under the current EU VAT rules (VAT directive) it is impossible to reduce an item to zero rate. No matter what was agreed in principle at the EU Council- that is the current EU law. These proposed changes on VAT rules will have to be proposed by the Commission, voted on by the European Parliament and agreed on by the Council. It could potentially take years.

“If we were outside the EU we could have decided to scrap the tampon tax years ago, instead we will now have to wait for the EU bureaucracy and legislative process to take its course, which could take years. It is completely outrageous the undemocratic EU gets to decide and set our tax rates in such a way.”

Some Basic Info (see document from the European Parliament Research Service on the request of UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP).

Under the current EU VAT rules (VAT directive) it is impossible to reduce an item to zero rate. No matter what was agreed in principle at the EU Council by Cameron – that is the current EU law.

The Commission underlined this in an answer a question to UKIP MEP Louise Bours “Introducing zero VAT rates for sanitary items would not be in line with the VAT Directive.”

The only way round it would be to amend the VAT directive itself.

It could be done in theory in two ways:

1. Include a specific reference in the directive allowing zero rate on sanitary items or
2. Create a mechanism to allow a change in the rate of products to zero rates.

The Commission has said it will be reviewing the VAT directive sometime in 2016. It is reported the Commission could issue a proposal as soon as next week.

Even if they started the amendment immediately it could take years to get any agreement on amending the VAT rules. If the 2nd option was taken, it could mean the Commission would have to produce another proposal possibly taking further years of legislative process. Or perhaps a system of EU approval for Member States to act.

Whatever was agreed in principle by the Council there may still be problems with individual Member States, especially if takes a while to get to Council – governments may have changed by then and decide to exercise a veto. (The vote in Council should be by unanimity)


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But really, how can there be true parity when young women and girls across the world are still being butchered on the say so of their male masters?

I am talking about something genuinely sinister – the disgusting and immoral practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

It revolts me that there has never been a single successful prosecution for FGM in the United Kingdom, despite the NHS’s own estimate of some 137,000 women and girls having been harmed in this way.

FGM is seen as a “hidden” crime because its victims are often taken from the UK on holiday, and operated upon in their countries of ethnic origin, before returning here quite literally scarred for life.


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E-cigarette tax hike slammed

In response to news that the European Union is to enforce tax hikes on e-cigarettes to place them in the same duty bracket as tobacco, UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours said: “All this will do is discourage people from vaping, which even Public Health England say is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.

“Only 24 hours ago we learned from a study by the University College London that 20,000 people a year give up smoking tobacco and use e-cigarettes instead. They also found that while just 5% of smokers trying to give up without help are actually successful in staying off tobacco, those who vape as an alternative have a 50% success rate of quitting smoking.

“When you look at those figures and realise how many lives could be being saved, as well as the savings that would bring to the NHS, it makes the EU’s idea of raising taxes on potential life-saving devices look like an act of sheer folly.

“If we want to encourage people to give up smoking, which we do, then surely we should give them every encouragement instead of raising taxes on the very devices that are helping them.”