A tax repeal on tampons and sanitary napkins went into effect in the United Kingdom on Friday, with the government emphasizing that the move was made possible by the country’s exit from the European Union.
With the transition period ending after Brexit on January 31, EU laws do not require the UK to impose at least a 5% tax on clean products.
“I am proud that today we are continuing our promise to eliminate stamp duty. Hygienic products are very much needed, so it is normal not to levy value-added tax,” Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said in a statement announcing the measure in his budget in March.
During Wednesday’s debate in parliament on the post – Brexit trade deal, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin stressed that the government could “do things like abolish stamp duty, for which many opposition MPs have criticized the government, just because we left the EU.”
Felicia Willow, executive director of the Fawcett Society for the Protection of Women’s Rights, welcomed the change.
“It’s a long way to get there, but the sexist tax that classifies hygiene products as luxury, non-essentials will eventually be sent to the history books,” she said.
The Finance Ministry estimates that the tax cuts will save a woman 40 40 ($ 70) over her lifetime.
Periodic cares have already been distributed to patients in need in public schools as well as public schools and universities in England for over a year. Scotland went further last November, when MPs passed a law allowing free access to sanitation protection, the first of its kind in the world.