British Army deployed to deliver fuel as supply crisis continues

British Army deployed to deliver fuel as supply crisis continues

British military personnel are delivering fuel to service stations in an attempt to ease a supply crisis caused by a shortage of truck drivers.
About 200 service staff, including 100 drivers, were deployed on Monday to help increase deliveries after receiving training last week, officials said.

“The army drivers are out,” Chancellor Rishi Sunak told LBC radio. “People need to know that we are doing all we can. “

The UK is short of thousands of truckers due to the coronavirus pandemic and an exodus of foreign workers following the country’s departure from the European Union.

The shortage has impacted supply chains for everything from pork and gasoline to poultry, medicine and milk, helping to empty supermarket shelves and shut down gas stations.

Shortages in London, South East England

The government has said supply disruptions are easing after waves of panic buying.

In major cities last week, queues formed at many gas stations, causing traffic jams on busy roads.

“Every day as the stats move up things get better and as demand returns to more normal levels things are highly expected to resolve on their own. Sunak said.

But fuel retailers continue to report local shortages.

Gordon Balmer, head of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), said the problem is particularly severe in London and the south-east of England, where 22% of the group’s members are still without fuel.

The PRA represents approximately 5,500 independent fuel retailers, which represents 65 percent of all forecourt.

“Some of our members tell us they have been without fuel for several days, some for over a week now,” Balmer told Sky News on Monday.

PM excludes return to “uncontrolled immigration”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC the UK would not revert to “runaway immigration” to resolve the situation, but failed to acknowledge that Brexit was a contributing factor.

Speaking to the broadcaster at his ruling Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester, Johnson suggested the challenges were part of a post-Brexit ‘adjustment’.

“The way forward for our country is not simply to pull on the great lever marked by uncontrolled immigration and allow a large number of people to work,” he said.

“So what I won’t do is go back to the old failed model of low wages, low skills supported by uncontrolled immigration. There will be a period of adjustment, but I think that’s what we need to see. “

In the previous weeks, officials had denied that Brexit had led to the crisis.


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