Tampon tax battle shows why Britain should leave the EU, says Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant

Lichfield’s MP says the battle over the so-called tampon tax shows why the UK would be better out of the EU.

The Government had been unable to charge zero rate VAT on sanitary towels because of European Union rules.

But a deal has now been agreed to see the current reduced VAT rate of 5% on sanitary products removed completely.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant welcomed the news, but questioned the timing of the decision by European leaders.

“I am pleased that after long negotiations with Brussels and having regard to the forthcoming referendum, the EU has graciously consented to allowing the UK to charge zero rate VAT on sanitary towels – the so-called tampon tax,” he said.

“We can only speculate as to whether they would have been so generous if we had not been holding a referendum on the EU.

“But the fact that the United Kingdom, the fifth largest economy in the world, had to beg permission of Brussels in the first place reinforces even more why I believe we should just leave the EU.”

Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.


  1. FiveSpiresLive

    22nd March, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    The whole tampon tax debate is a nonsense. A 20p saving is irrelevant, sanitary products should be available to all women as a right and free of charge where necessary.

  2. Chris

    23rd March, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    A report last week found that more and more women in the UK cannot afford any sanitary products and are having to resort to socks or newspaper or some other improvised item, despite the health risks this brings. We do not need freedom from the EU, we need freedom from this Tory government.

  3. Toast

    23rd March, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Chris: nail -> head.

  4. Darryl

    23rd March, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I’d like to remind Mr Opportunistic FurtherMyAimsByLying that Edward Heath, a Conservative, was in government when the 0% rate list was compiled.

    The Conservatives agreed to those rules and now are using them to add weight to their leave the EU stance. Times change, negotiate for sure, but don’t try and shift blame onto someone, or something, else.

  5. Thornton

    23rd March, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Are we really discussing a 5% tax on products which cost £1.50 to £2 per month? Thats 10 pence. Surely there are more important things to get riled up about? And Chris, your ‘report’, do we at least get a source?