Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday rejected preferential access to pumps for key workers, insisting that the fuel crisis at British petrol stations was improving, even predictions to fill motorcycles. Are restless
In his first broadcast commentary on the crisis, which puts the military on standby to provide supplies, Johnson said the necessary workers do not need to be allowed to jump in line.
“Now that the situation is stabilizing and things are getting better on the forecast, the best thing is for us to stabilize it as usual,” he told reporters.
Five-day long queues at filling stations across the UK have disrupted traffic.
The crisis that threatens public confidence in Johnson’s government is due to fears that a shortage of tanker drivers after the Brexit could affect supply at the pump.
Johnson called in troops Monday night to remove tankers from refineries, after a day of denials that troops were ready for deployment.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said on Tuesday morning that 37 per cent of its members were out of fuel.
“With regular recovery, this percentage is likely to improve further in the next 24 hours,” said Gordon Ballmer, PRA’s executive director.
Johnson urges people to get their business up and running when you need it.
And it defended its dramatic U-turn on post-Brexit immigration policy, which offers European truck drivers a three-month visa waiver to cover driver shortages.
Critics say it will not be enough to persuade many foreign lorry drivers to return and push for too long.
But Johnson said “low-wage, low-skilled immigration” was not the way we want the UK to grow.
Transport Secretary Grant Shops blamed the public for buying panic and the corona virus epidemic, in which tests of 30,000 drivers were delayed and foreign truck drivers returned home.
But as shipments slowly resumed, 58-year-old London taxi driver Devesh Ruparelia struggled to fill his motorbikes.
“Today, if it’s something like yesterday, I’m going to run out of fuel,” he told AFP.
Jennifer Ward, a 21-year-old paramedic, said she had to try five different garages in Norfolk, East England, before filling up her ambulance.
“We work under pressure and we don’t need any extra worries,” he told the Daily Mail.
Health care organizations say “immediate action” is needed, as doctors, nurses and other staff are unable to work quickly.
“We can’t wait in line for two or three hours for petrol or diesel to see patients,” BMA Deputy Chairman David Wrigley told Times Radio.
The union, the UK’s largest public sector workers’ union, said the government should use emergency powers to prioritize key workers.
Even the pro-British media in general was outraged at the government’s handling of the crisis, which Johnson accused of being “a misleading account of something that leaked and increased public demand.”
The Sun said mixed messaging was hurting public confidence and accusing the government of “sleeping” on fuel, as well as wisdom in dealing with the growing number of immigrants crossing the channel from France. Lack of practice.
“Is there really anyone in charge on Downing Street?” “PM, get hold of it. Public patience is close to breaking point,” he asked in an editorial.
Kerr Starmer, leader of Britain’s main opposition Labor Party, said the government had reduced the country to “chaos” and had no clear plans.
The owners of the holocaust industry told him that the government was “denying that there was a problem, then blaming someone else, and then coming up with a half-baked plan.”
Fuel shortages are now affecting many areas, Noon League football matches have been canceled and schools have warned that teachers will return to online lessons if they do not reach the classroom.
Lack of truckers ahead of the fuel supply crisis has delayed supermarket shelves and deliveries, leading to fears of a shortage of food and toys for Christmas.
The British Meat Processors Association said the panic-stricken purchase of supermarkets could exacerbate existing supply chain problems.
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