Wimbledon staple under threat as EU pickers stay away – and Brits refuse to plug the gap

Strawberries, the classic British summer treat, are being plucked from a sunny field in Kent. Every worker snapping fruit from waist-high growing platforms stretching under airy polytunnels is Romanian or Bulgarian.

The staple of Wimbledon fortnight is under threat as the European workers who make up more than 90% of the UK’s 30,000 seasonal berry pickers are now reluctant to come to Britain. They have better job prospects at home and have faced an uncertain and potentially hostile reception in the UK since the Brexit vote.

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