MP warns swimmers over new EU beach laws

David Morris on Morecambe beach.
David Morris on Morecambe beach.

The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale has warned that 50 UK beaches could close to swimmers due to stricter EU laws on water quality.

David Morris believes the new European Union Bathing Water Directive, due in 2015, could “decimate the UK tourist industry”.

Mr Morris, who is the chairman of the Parliamentary group that represents coastal towns, said: “This is European interference taken to a whole new level.”

The new directive will set more stringent water quality standards for beaches in the UK, including Morecambe beaches.

“This year people will swim in these waters without any problems at all but next year they will be warned they are dangerous,” said Mr Morris.

“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.”