Cornwall could lose the much-treasured and economically valuable Blue Flag status for its beaches because of Brexit, environmentalists have warned.

Surfers Against Sewage, the national charity based in St Agnes, is worried that standards may slip when Britain leaves the European Union and everything that comes with it.

The charity, which is currently lobbying parliament over marine plastic pollution, fears anything that could see high quality standards rolled back could be detrimental not only for the environment but for tourism upon which Cornwall is so dependent.

Hugo Tagholm, chief executive officer of Surfers Against Sewage, said: “The quality of our beaches and bathing water is fundamental to the economy of Cornwall and at the moment there is some uncertainty as to the future safeguard of these standards after we leave the European Union.”

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