This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK and daffodil is a traditional gift. But flower growers saw how the end of free movement of people after Brexit has become more difficult due to restrictions due to the epidemic.
The dwindling workforce means that many bouquets will end up with no recipients and as florist Kevin Haynes explains: “The biggest problem is that of employees, who can’t come in to do this kind of work. Today we have a hundred. Hote. One hundred and fifty people, and now only 25. “
Daffodils is a bang business in Lincolnshire, but it is not included in the plan to accept foreign farm workers after British territory Britain exits the European Union.
Before Brexit, a farm could collect an average of 25 million daffodils per year. After Brexit, the figure is expected to drop to 6 million. This is because Europeans are prohibited from working in flower fields as they are classified into a different category than fruits and vegetables. This is a specialty that is already affecting the producers of British flowers a lot.
Only food producers can use the government’s seasonal worker pilot scheme. Pickers who decided to stay last summer may work, but others have not returned
Complaints against the government
In addition to being unable to find the pickers, Adam Taylor, who runs one of the world’s major daffodil farms, has also been forced to halt exports: “The British voted for Brexit and still don’t know all these details” Chala. They are making it out. ” Clearly for people to understand. And on Christmas Eve we were told that we had this great deal, and that everything was going to be great, but it’s not. And yet according to political statements everything is very easy, anything is possible. But it really is not.
The government says it is monitoring the needs of flower growers to ensure that they are being met. And that it will work with the region to promote local hiring. But people affected by this see how in 2021 entire farms are being left at the mercy of the wind.