Britain becomes the latest country to remove the tampon-tax on Friday, eliminating the sales tax on sanitary products. The UK has abolished the 5% rate of value-added-tax (VAT) on menstrual products. The move was widely accepted by the proponents of the country’s departure from the European Union.
The UK government said the change was made possible by the end of the Brexit transition period, and freedom from an EU law that mandates VAT on sanitary products. Under EU Law, nations cannot reduce the rate of VAT on menstrual products below 5percent as they are categorized under luxury products and not essential items. A new UK-EU trade deal will bring new restrictions and red tape, but for British Brexit supporters it means reclaiming national independence from the EU and its rule.
Britain’s treasury has previously estimated the move will save the average woman nearly 40-45 pounds over her lifetime.
In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to allow free and universal access to menstrual products, including tampons and pads, in public facilities. Globally, just a handful of countries have zero tax added to sanitary products, including Canada, India, Australia, Kenya and several US states.