UK: Flower sector fears Brexit could nip exports in the bud

For Sam Taylor, director of a family-run plant bulbs and fresh flowers business in eastern England, fears of post-Brexit delays to imports and exports are growing alongside his daffodils.

"It's the same as every business... we're all concerned, we would like clarity," the 41-year-old told AFP Monday as uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union continues to roil the country.

"They need to bash their heads together and... just get on with it," he added of British MPs, as they continue to disagree over a Brexit deal with less than five weeks until Britain is set to leave.

Taylor's Bulbs -- a fourth generation family business founded in 1919 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire -- buys bulbs from the Netherlands and sends fresh daffodils in the opposite direction.

The flowers, grown at the firm's farm, currently leave in the late afternoon and arrive for auction in the Netherlands the following morning.

Taylor is concerned by warnings that shipments could be stuck at British and European ports for days if Britain leaves the EU on March 29 without a divorce deal.

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