The EU will “close” 50 British beaches to swimmers when their new Bathing Water Directive comes in next year, an MP has warned. David Morris, who is the chairman of the Parliamentary group that represents Coastal Towns, believes that the closure will “decimate” the UK tourist industry.
Under the terms of the plan, the water quality at all of Britain’s beaches will be tested against a new European standard. Unless water companies cough up an estimated £220m over the next year, a total of fifty beaches will have to display a sign telling swimmers they should not bathe as the water is dangerous.
Whilst swimmers will still have the choice to go into the water it is widely expected that they will avoid both the water, and potentially the beaches altogether. This in turn will lead to a serious downturn in the tourist industry, and further hit coastal resorts that have struggled in recent years.
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.”
The attempt to close British beaches to swimmers will further fuel suggestions that Eurocrats in Brussels are deliberately attempting to destroy industry in the United Kingdom so that the country becomes reliant on EU hand-outs. This is turn would make it impossible for Britain to vote to leave they EU.
European leaders are already trying to enact a Financial Transaction Tax across the continent. Around ninety percent of the total revenue of the tax would come from the City of London. The EU plan to use the money raised to bail out Eurozone countries, of which the UK is not one.