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Many British gas stations still dry, pig cull fears grow By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Vehicles are ushered into the forecourt by workers as they line up to fill at London’s Fuel Station, Britain. This was September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters] – British gasoline stations are still empty after a hectic week of panic buying and fights at pumps. Drivers were hoarding fuel in plastic bottles as a result of a severe shortage of truck drivers, which strained the supply chain to its breaking point.

The COVID pandemic and Brexit have caused disarray in certain sectors of the 5th largest economy. They disrupt fuel supplies, medicine deliveries, and raise fears that there will be a mass slaughter.

British ministers insist the crisis is over or at an end for many days, despite retailers claiming more than 2,000 stations are empty and Reuters journalists across London reporting that dozens of pumps remain closed.

The queues of angry drivers rushed back to the London gas stations which were open.

According to the Petrol Retailers Association, which is 65% of Britain’s 8,380 forecourts (PRA), members reported that on Thursday 27% were empty, 21% only had one type of fuel in stock, and 52% had sufficient petrol and diesel.

PRA Executive Director Gordon Balmer stated that “this is selling out faster than normal due to unprecedented demand.”

The UK’s current fuel crisis has stabilized, but demand remains high, Kit Malthouse (Policing Minister) said Friday.

Sky News reported that the situation has stabilized across the country, even though there is still a high demand for fuel. Malthouse said this to Sky News. Let’s pray that the fuel demand will ease over the next few hours.

Farmers are warning about a shortage in butchers and workers at abattoirs, which could lead to panic buying at gas stations.

Minette Batters of the National Farmers Union said that 150,000 to 150,000 pigs could be culled in “potentially one week, ten weeks”.

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