BORIS Johnson’s Brexit deal was nearly derailed at the 11th hour by the Tampon Tax. The PM’s team and EU negotiators were forced to work through the night to thrash out an agreement and were only finished minutes before the deal was announced. KNICKERS IN A TWIST But a breakthrough came after Brussels granted a dispensation allowing the UK to set different VAT rates in Northern Ireland and Great Britain on sanitary products. The Tampon Tax, under EU law, currently forces British women to pay 5 per cent VAT on sanitary products. Campaigners have warned the charge makes it harder for women to afford sanitary protection, leading to “period poverty”. More than 320,000 signed a petition calling on the government to scrap the tax in 2015.In August 2017 Tesco became the first British supermarket to effectively scrap the Tampon Tax by covering the 5 per cent VAT itself. It was something that had to be resolved overnight and was settled this morning, it is important that we were able to take that decision.UK official No10 has long planned to scrap the tax but was prevented by Brussels from making the move. But the government stood firm on the issue during… Read full this story
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