The EU has so much power over the UK that we can't even decide how much to tax women's sanitary items.
•The European Parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons during the vote on the FEMM report,"Poverty: a gender perspective".
This came in a separate vote on Paragraph 39(scroll down) which was rejected by a show of hands.
UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels:
"The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have 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.