Brexit Britain set for Mother's Day flower shortage

BRITISH shoppers are set to be hit by a Mother's Day flower shortage as growers struggle to find enough workers to pick their harvests after Brexit.

Flower farmers have warned they are on track for massive losses in sales this year and will be forced to leave millions of blooms to rot. The sector, worth billions of pounds, was not included in a post-Brexit Government scheme to bring in foreign farm workers.

Alex Newey, who owns Varfell Farms in Cornwall, said his current workforce is almost half that of its pre-Brexit number. Having previously employed 750 workers to pick daffodils on his land, he now has only 400 to do the same job.

This, he said, has forced him to make tough business decisions as the UK’s largest daffodil grower.

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