Women have been treated with contempt by the EU Parliament, said UKIP MEP Louise Bours.
Her anger follows the parliament voting against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons.
“”The Commission had promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for items such as tampons, but yet they did not include it in the latest VAT reform proposals.
“They kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year and now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.
“I think it is an insult to women that such an attitude has been displayed by this male dominated organisation,” said Ms Bours, North West Euro-MP.
‘“The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable.
“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.
“If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.”
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New laws from Brussels designed to stop us getting our fingers burnt are far too late – that happened when we joined the European Union, says UKIP MEP Louise Bours.
Her comments come in the wake of approval yesterday in Strasbourg of the Personal Protection Equipment Directive, which means oven gloves marketed as “protective” will have to withstand heat of up to 200 degrees Celsius.
Rubber washing-up gloves will also have to be tested to ensure they can withstand kitchen detergents and cleaning products.
Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “We have actually had more than our fingers burnt after being misled into joining the Common Market, we have watched our sovereignty going up in flames.
OUTRAGE AFTER FEMALE MEP BRANDED “RACIST” FOR CONCERNS OVER COLOGNE SEX ATTACKS BY MIGRANTS
A British politician was labelled “racist” for expressing concern for women attacked and sexually assaulted by migrants in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
Labour MEP Mary Honeyball made the astonishing attack on her European Parliament colleague Margot Parker MEP during a meeting of the EU’s committee on women’s rights and gender equality in Strasbourg on Monday evening.
Debate was taking place about the incidents in Cologne on December 31 which saw over 100 local women attacked by more than 1,000 migrants.
Police eventually described the attackers as being of Arab and North African appearance.
Mrs Parker, Ukip MEP for the East Midlands, spoke up at the committee – also known as FEMM – stating: “This is what happens when you have an open door policy to countries and cultures where women are treated as second class citizens.
“The EU is providing the perfect environment for cross-border criminals to traffic and exploit people.”
She added: “The EU has no right to decide asylum policies – only elected and accountable national governments do.”
In response, Ms Honeyball said: “It’s very easy and it’s totally wrong to blame refugees and migrants for what is happening.
“I think we should stop doing this – it is essentially racist to blame the migrants and the refugees.”
Urging countries like the UK to take in more migrants, she added: “I would hope that the rest of you [on the FEMM committee] would discount the remarks [of Margot Parker] because they are wrong and they are racist and really should not be given any credence whatsoever.”
Louise Bours, MEP for the North West who often stands in for her colleague Ms Parker when she is unavailable to sit on the FEMM committee, said: “There you have it in a nutshell – Labour slinging outrageous slurs around without a care in the world.
“Is it not a fact that the women assaulted in Cologne were German? Is it not a fact the attackers were migrants? And is it not also a fact that the German government and the police force in Cologne have since admitted trying to cover up who the perpetrators were?
“Margot is one of the most caring people I know and somebody who is committed to women’s rights.
“Ensuring that people know what the full facts of an incident are rather than the rose-tinted version the Labour party want to push is precisely why Ukip has MEPs in the parliament in the first place – people trust us to tell them the truth.
“To describe Margot as racist in any way, shape or form is an ugly, evil thing to do, and I hope that Ms Honeyball will withdraw this outrageous slur at the first opportunity. If not, her leader Jeremy Corbyn should instruct her to.”
FEMM committee at the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, on January 18, 2016. Relevant video starts at 21 mins 49 secs.
UKIP MEP LOUISE BOURS REBRANDS EU AS “EUSELESS” IN NEW BOOKLET
Examples of “hot air” politics and useless committees in the European Parliament have been laid bare in a new booklet by Louise Bours MEP.
As polls show a majority of British people want to leave the European Union, Ms Bours, who represents the North West region, has now made her EUseless: A view from the mad house publication available as a free download.
In it, the Ukip health spokesman highlights the activities of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
Ms Bours, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy in the European Parliament, said: “All politicians are accused of spouting hot air, but in the parliament in Brussels it’s like a furnace.
“While not every conversation that takes place there is entirely without merit, very often it invokes Nero fiddling while Rome burns.
“Too often the parliamentary committees find themselves bogged down in needless debate about issues the EU has no control over, need not have control over, and more importantly should never have control over.
“My booklet looks at just a few examples of this time-wasting and empty rhetoric, and I’m making it available for free download so as many people as possible can read it.”
EUseless: A view from the mad house can be downloaded by clicking HERE
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• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 8 October 2015
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Report on the application of Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation
[2014/2160(INI)] Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality