Margot Parker MEP, who has campaigned tirelessly against the 'tampon tax', has praised the authorities in India for scrapping its 12 percent levy on sanitary products.
But the East Midlands MEP said while we are tied to the EU, the UK's five percent tax on such products is still in place.
She said: "Campaigners in India have argued the tax would make such products even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads.
"Yet, in the UK women are still in 'period poverty' as the Government is 'not allowed' to lower the VAT rate because of EU rules which class sanitary products as 'non-essential'.
"What a ridiculous state of affairs – feminine hygiene is not a 'choice'.
"Once we leave the EU the Government must make good its promise to end this tax immediately."