October 17, 2021

Boris Johnson insisted the petrol crisis was “stabilizing” but warned that widespread disruptions could continue after Christmas.

Boris Johnson last night insisted that the petrol crisis was “stabilizing” – but warned that a wider supply disruption could continue after Christmas.

The Prime Minister appealed to the British to calm down and “run your business as usual and fill up as usual when you really need it”.

Boris Johnson last night insisted that the petrol crisis was

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Boris Johnson last night insisted that the petrol crisis was “stabilizing” as he pleaded with the British to stay cool, but warned that widespread supply could be disrupted after Christmas.Credit: EPA

“We want to make sure we have all the preparations up to Christmas and beyond, not just at petrol stations, but in all parts of the supply chain,” he said.

He blamed the slow global economic boom from the epidemic for sucking “huge demand” for gas and supplies.

But he refused to allow key workers to leave the queues, instead suggesting that “the best thing for everyone is that we stabilize it in a normal way.”

Government insiders say it would be impossible for key workers to deploy police at the pumps.

Mr Johnson warned that throwing Britain’s borders at low-wage workers was not something the public wanted to fix.

Read our Petrol Crisis Live Blog for live updates on the petrol crisis.

People line up for fuel today at a petrol station in Barton, Cambridgeshire.

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People line up for fuel today at a petrol station in Barton, Cambridgeshire.Credit: PA
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A line at a shale gas station in Islington, London, continues to run out of fuel.Credit: Scholar
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