No. This is not the case since 1st January.
All foreign retailers selling to the UK have to register as a UK VAT payer and charge UK VAT at the point of sales. They then have to submit their VAT returns to HMRC - same as UK companies. This is for sales under £135.
From the horse’s mouth:
How sellers deal with VAT for goods from overseas that they sell direct to customers in the UK.www.gov.uk
Complete and utter madness!