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Britain Has Been Hit With Dramatic Food And Fuel Shortages

Stewart Perrie

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Britain Has Been Hit With Dramatic Food And Fuel Shortages

Featured Image Credit: Anna Watson/Alamy Live News

Britain has been hit hard by fuel and food shortages as a result of Brexit and post-pandemic living.

According to News Corp, up to a million people have left the workforce since the UK's decision to leave the European Union was cemented and that's caused huge flow on effects.

There's now a huge shortfall in labour in road transportation, processing and handling, distribution and production.

In addition to that, now that restrictions have largely ended in the UK, people are ordering, eating, drinking and travelling more, which is pushing up demand for vital services.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

There's also a huge backlog in drivers being able to work because of stringent regulations to ensure they aren't Covid-19 positive, and loads of workplaces have had to let people go during the pandemic to stay afloat.

All these aspects have created a perfect storm for Brits as they try to navigate a post-lockdown and post-Brexit world.

The Petrol Retailers Association says up to 90 per cent of its 5,500 members were running out of the precious liquid and people have been lining up outside stations daily so that they can fill gerry cans in the event that the whole country goes dry.

Tensions are running high as four men were seen fighting in a petrol station forecourt in Chicheste.

It is believed the petrol problem may have had something to do with a fight at an Esso station in Sidlesham on Friday (24 September), where a group of men were seen sparring.

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It is thought the father and son from one car got into an altercation with another father and son over fuel. Tensions rose and eventually the two dads ended up fighting on a car bonnet as the two youngsters scuffled on the floor.

Onlookers observed the drama as it continued, with one person filming the action and narrating what happened.

Despite the government repeatedly asking the public not to panic-buy petrol (because they insist there is plenty to go around), people have been trying to get their hands on a few litres here and there.

Authorities have now imposed a £30 limit (AUD$56) on fuel purchases and police have been deployed to some stations to keep the peace and ensure traffic is running properly.

What's even worse is that this is happening as the UK slides into the winter months.

There are fears many people's Christmases and festive meals will be thrown into disarray if they can't find truck drivers in time.

Topics: News, UK

Stewart Perrie
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