© Reuters. On October 4, 2021, members of the British military walked at Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers
By Andrew Boyers
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (England) -British soldiers in combat fatigues arrived Monday at a BP refinery (NYSE:). This was after the government had ordered that the army deliver fuel to compensate for a severe shortage of truckers. A Reuters reporter reported.
Britain’s supply networks for everything, including pork, poultry and petrol as well as medicines and milk were strained by labour shortages in the aftermath of Brexit and COVID.
Last week saw chaos in major cities as drivers queued up to buy fuel due to a shortage. Some drivers have had duels at the pumps, while others stockpiled fuel in their old water bottles.
Rishi Sunak from the Finance Ministry of Prime Minister Boris Johnson told LBC radio that they have added drivers to increase safety.
“The situation is improving for me over the past week… It is getting better, and as demand falls back to normal levels there is a strong expectation that things will improve.”
The British Ministers repeatedly deny that Brexit is causing the current fuel crisis. They have portrayed the problem of truckers as a worldwide issue, while other European neighbors haven’t experienced long lines at the gas station.
Sunak stated that the HGV driver issue isn’t a UK problem, but a European issue. “I want everyone to know we do everything possible to reduce some of those problems, and that where we can we make a difference.”
Farmers have warned repeatedly that the shortage of abattoir workers and butchers could lead to a drastic reduction in gas stations.
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