Britain’s stations without fuel .. And fears of a shortage of butchers!

Many stations in Britain are still without fuel, after a chaotic week of panic buying, fistfights in station yards and drivers hoarding fuel in water bottles, as supply chains reached breaking point, under the weight of a shortage of truck drivers.

The winds of chaos swept during the last period in some economic sectors due to the lack of labor in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union and the Corona pandemic, and the deliveries of fuel and medicine were disrupted, and 150,000 pigs were accumulated in farms awaiting the fate of either slaughter or execution.

Despite the British ministers confirming days ago that the crisis was on the way to receding or that it had already ended, retailers confirmed, according to Reuters, that more than 2,000 gas stations are still completely empty of fuel, while the queues of angry motorists extended again, today. Friday, in front of the gas stations that are still open in London.

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global crisis

While the Gas Station Owners Association indicated that 26 percent of the stations are free of fuel, 27 percent have only one type of fuel in their tanks, and 47 percent have enough gasoline and diesel.

On the other hand, the British government considers the shortage of truck drivers a global crisis, stressing that it is trying to alleviate it.

It also denies that the current situation is a result of the exodus of European Union workers after Britain’s exit from the European bloc, and they deny doubts about the country’s direction towards a “winter of anger” over the lack of electricity and power cuts.

Despite the shortage of drivers in other countries, the European Union member states have not experienced a shortage of fuel.

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Butchers shortage

In the wake of a shortage of truck drivers, which triggered a frenzy of panic buying, farmers are now warning of a new shortage of butchers and slaughterhouse workers.

Britain’s livestock sector appealed to retailers to continue buying local meat, not cheaper EU products, and said companies would go bankrupt and livestock would be culled if producers did not get immediate subsidies.

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Slaughtering has decreased by 25% per week since August, after the pandemic and immigration rules following the exit from the European Union combined to deal a blow to an industry already facing difficulties in providing employment, which led to a severe shortage of butchers and slaughterhouse workers.

The National Livestock Industry Association said that despite attempts to persuade the government to relax immigration rules, efforts appeared to have reached a dead end.

It is noteworthy that Britain recently introduced amendments that allow some foreign workers to enter for a period of three months to drive trucks and fill the gaps in the poultry sector.

 
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