'We're FINISHED without Britain!' Dutch firms issue EU no-deal warning – end of the TULIP?


Flower sellers have insisted if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on March 29 it could push up prices, lead to job losses and even force shop closures. It is the latest foreign market to warn EU chiefs of the damage of failing to agree a trade deal with the UK. Britain is a major market for Dutch exporters, home to the tulip, who provide 80 percent of the flowers sold in British shops.

Dutch flower seller Daan Van der Knaap said: “Without the English market we are finished.

“Without the British market we have no business to do, our only market is in the UK, so I worry about a Brexit without agreement because it would affect many things, including my work … it will really be a hard Brexit, I will eventually lose my job.”

Priscilla Manni, a florist in London, claimed a no-deal scenario would send prices soaring.

Ms Manni said: “A Brexit without agreement will simply be terrible.

“Many independent florists will have to start from scratch. Prices will go up a lot and customers will not be able to afford them.”

Naji Dahan, a flower shop owner in London, added: “Many flower shops are already closing. Two of our suppliers have stopped coming to England because they do not do business here anymore.”

Another shop owner warned uncertainty over Brexit was preventing her taking on new business.

Rosa Ashby, who owns a shop in Oxfordshire, said: “It is impossible to have estimates for after March 29.

“I’m refusing work for a wedding because I’m honest. I could give them estimates, but if prices go up – and they’re already going up – I’m not going to lose money, and if I lose money, then what will I do?”

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It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May has called on MPs to “hold their nerve” as she works to secure concessions from Brussels to get her Brexit deal over the line.

Mrs May said: “We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House requires and deliver Brexit on time.

“By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers’ rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of Parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support.

“We can deliver for the people and the communities that voted for change two-and-a-half years ago – and whose voices for too long have not been heard.

“We can honour the result of the referendum.

“And we can set this country on course for the bright future that every part of this United Kingdom deserves.

“That is this Government’s mission. We shall not stint in our efforts to fulfil it.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.



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