A delivery of 15 million baby bees to the UK could “be sent back or destroyed” because of post-Brexit laws, the man trying to import them has said.

New laws which came into effect after the UK left the single market in January say only queen bees can be imported into Great Britain.

However, confusion remains regarding imports from Northern Ireland.

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it will provide guidance to bee importers and beekeepers as soon as possible.