UK could scrap VAT on energy bills after Brexit, say campaigners
Prominent Brexit campaigners have said that a vote to leave the EU would allow the UK to scrap VAT on energy bills. Writing in The Sun on Tuesday 31 May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Gisela Stuart said that the introduction of VAT on energy bills in 1993 had made household bills “much more expensive” and that EU rules meant that it could not be removed. They said: “The least wealthy are hit particularly hard. The poorest households spend three times more of their income on household energy bills than the richest households spend. As long as we are in the EU, we are not allowed to cut this tax.” The Britain Stronger In Europe campaign said the claim was based on “fantasy economics”.