A Reuters reporter said war-weary British soldiers arrived at a BP warehouse on Monday following a government order to help supply fuel to make up for a severe shortage of trucks.
In the wake of the Brexit and Govt crises, supply chains in Britain’s everything from pork, petrol and poultry to medicines and milk have been pushed to the brink of labor shortages.
Panic over fuel purchases amid a shortage of trucks sparked chaotic scenes in major cities last week as rows of drivers lined up. Some punched the pumps, while others hoarded fuel in old water bottles.
“As an extra precaution, we have appointed additional drivers,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Finance Minister Rishi Sunak told LBC Radio.
“I think every day for more than a week, now the situation is improving … demand is stabilizing, and as demand returns to normal, strong expectations will resolve things on their own.”
Reuters reporters said they had seen at least a dozen gas stations across London still closed.
The Petrol Retailers Association said 22% of gas stations in London and the Southeast were out of fuel, and Gordon Palmer, the association’s managing director, said it could take a week to 10 days for stocks to return to normal.
British ministers have repeatedly denied any connection to the fuel crisis or Brexit, and although they have not enjoyed queues at other European gas stations, trucker shortages have become a global problem.
“HGV drivers are not an issue in the UK, it is an issue across Europe and beyond,” Sunak said. “I want people to know that we are doing everything we can to alleviate some of those challenges.
In the midst of the gas station crisis, farmers have repeatedly warned that more than 100,000 pigs will be raised on farms due to a shortage of slaughterhouse and slaughterhouse workers.
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