The price of children’s clothes will soar if Britain accepts that VAT will be slapped on them, as well as on food. Brussels will bulldoze us into a deal which also means small firms, tradesmen and self-employed will no longer be VAT exempt.
(The Sun, 30 November 1998, page 1)
“Brussels” cannot “bulldoze” EU taxation policy. Proposals from the Commission can only be adapted if Ministers from all fifteen EU Member States including the UK agree. There are no proposals to remove Britain’s zero VAT rating on food, children’s clothes, books and newspapers. The UK government could veto any such move.