Brexit and the Dutch tulips

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

Ir­ish farm­ers have wel­comed im­proved prospects for a deal on new trade terms by the March 29, 2019 Brexit dead­line.

How Ire­land is af­fected gets spe­cial at­ten­tion in the with­drawal agree­ment be­ing ne­go­ti­ated.

For farm­ers in other EU ex­port­ing coun­tries also, Brexit causes ma­jor worry. No clear Brexit deal is the ul­ti­mate night­mare for Dutch tulip grow­ers.

The end of March co­in­cides with them send­ing truck­loads of flow­ers to Bri­tain, their sec­ond largest mar­ket, with sales to Bri­tain worth €825m per year.

With­out a clear Brexit deal, they fear their tulips in­tended for Bri­tain could be left to rot at the bor­der, wait­ing for cus­toms clear­ance.

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