Brexit could reverse improvements in water quality, study warns

Diffuse pollution from farming could reverse improvements in drinking water quality, the condition of rivers and the quality of bathing waters once the UK leaves the EU, according to researchers

Sheep grazing on farmland in Devon. Photograph: Savo Ilic/123RF
Water quality: uncertainty means more farmers are focusing on the short-term. Photograph: Savo Ilic/123RF

Most scenarios for farming after the UK leaves the EU would have negative consequences for water quality, a study by consultants and campaign group WWF has found.

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