Stricter EU beach rules will 'decimate' Morecambe Bay and British seaside tourism, warns MP

David Morris MP

David Morris MP

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THE Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has warned that EU red tape could 'decimate' the UK tourism industry.

The warning comes just months before the European Union’s bathing water directive comes into force next year which Mr Morris says will be 'twice as strict' as current legislation.

Mr Morris serves as the chairman of the parliamentary group representing coastal towns.

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In a US interview, Mr Morris said: "This is European interference taken to a whole new level.

"This year people will swim in these waters without any problems at all but next year they will be warned they are dangerous.

"The water itself will be no different, the only thing that’s changed is that the EU has started meddling."

“Water quality on British coastlines are already tested by the UK Environment Agency and they say the water is safe. As do the thousands of people who swim in them, so why is it any of Brussels business?

“My worry is that people will take heed of these warnings and stop coming to British coastal towns as a result. This will decimate our tourism industry, in the same way quotas have already ruined our fishing industry.”

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2:22pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Little Sir John says...

What a load of cobblers.
Without various EU directives utillity companies would still be pouring untreated sewage into the sea day in day out (rather than just occasionally)

Cleaning up discharges and preventing pollution at beaches is a positive draw to tourists, not a disincentive.
What a load of cobblers. Without various EU directives utillity companies would still be pouring untreated sewage into the sea day in day out (rather than just occasionally) Cleaning up discharges and preventing pollution at beaches is a positive draw to tourists, not a disincentive. Little Sir John
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