Brexit 'to blame' for lorry driver shortage says Dr Shola
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British retailers, cafes and restaurants are struggling to cope with a shortage of drivers, and in particular heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, and food processing staff after COVID-19. The problem is not unique to Brexit Britain – the United States and other European countries also have truck driver shortages.
But Remainers have been quick to blame the issue on Brexit, prompting the fury of Brexiteers on social media.
Peter Jukes, CEO of Byline, tweeted: “Just seen another
BBC News report on lack of supermarket produce because of ‘supply chain problems’ without mentioning Brexit.
“Imagine them reporting on ‘fire safety issues’ in 1940 without mentioning the Blitz.
“Orwell based his concept of Newspeak on his time at the BBC.”
To which a Twitter user blasted in response: “It’s lorry driver shortages everywhere you thick remoaner, but UK drivers are getting paid more as a result, how is that a bad thing?
“What basic food isn’t in your supermarket? Little or none, stop being a sore loser.”
Political commentator and Brexiteer Darren Grimes wrote: “I must say I find it distasteful for big supermarket groups to be calling on the government to give them visas for lorry drivers from abroad, here’s a novel idea, how about you pay lorry drivers in this country a bit more and you’ll likely attract people to the long slog?”
To which someone added: “Be clear……the lorry driver shortages in the UK have nothing to do with Brexit. Truckers don’t stay truckers for long in the UK as it’s a horrible job. For the past 25 years, it’s been like this. Used to be a great job.”
Responding to a Guardian report also blaming the food shortages on the “failings of Brexit”, former Media Adviser to the President of UN General Assembly, Mark Seddon said: “Superficial.
“Try instead: endemic low wages, long hours and poor conditions; decades of relying on cheaper EU labour.
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“And then think about advocating paying workers a proper wage and offering decent hours & conditions.
“Too easy & convenient to simply blame BREXIT.”
Chicken restaurant chain Nando’s last week was forced to temporarily close more than 40 outlets in Britain due to staff shortages in its chicken supply chain.
McDonald’s said on Tuesday it had taken milkshakes and bottled drinks off the menu at all of its British restaurants while its rival KFC has also said it was struggling to stock some items or use its normal packaging due to disruption in recent weeks.
Unprecedented shortages of both staff and materials are hampering Britain’s post-lockdown economic rebound, a closely watched economic survey showed on Monday.
Greggs Plc said on Wednesday the UK bakery and fast-food chain has become the latest food business to be hit by supply chain interruptions that are impacting businesses across the retail and hospitality sector in Britain.
“Unfortunately, like others, we’re seeing temporary interruptions in supply for some ingredients which occasionally results in shops not being able to maintain full availability on all lines”, a Greggs spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Media reports said earlier that Greggs faced shortages of its popular chicken-based products. However, the company told Reuters in its statement that there were no supply issues specific to the group’s chicken bakes.
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