There is a new EU directive which bans methyl bromide, an insecticide used to treat willow. It is alleged that this damages the ozone layer.
As we all know, English willow is used to make cricket bats, and the cricket bat industry has no other means of treating the wood. The industry, which has a turnover of £10 million a year, could be bankrupted within three months.
Another example of how we benefit from membership of the EU!