Brexit LIVE: Fury as Brussels ‘plays hardball’ in new export revenge plot – firms crippled

Brexit: Expert discusses 'success' for the UK government

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The EU is said to have banned the import of plants that have grown in British soil in what is likely to be a devastating hit to the British horticulture industry that is now facing losing millions of pounds. This is due to prices rising in UK garden centres by 20 percent and also jobs being at risk as businesses now face harsh inspection fees for even shipping packets of seeds or tree saplings. Joe Sharman, a man known simply as “Mr Snowdrop” and is one of the biggest growers in the UK, shared his devastation at his business being almost destroyed by the new EU regulations.

He said he expects to lose around £100,000 this year and other years due to the new rules

He told the Mail on Sunday: “This is Brussels playing hardball.

“They’re ticking every box and crossing every T.

“Last year, there were no restrictions for us, but at one minute past midnight on January 1 we became toxic.”

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove blasted the EU regulations for threatening UK horticultural trade.

He said: “It does not threaten the integrity of the EU single market to have bulbs ordered from a wholesaler in Scotland or England, which will then be planted in a garden in Belfast or Ballymena.”

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