Army drivers will deliver petrol to Britain’s forecourts TODAY

ARMY drivers will today start delivering fuel to Britain’s forecourts — as Boris Johnson warns disruption could last until Christmas.

Troops will hit the roads for the first time as part of Operation Escalin.

Cpl Danny Houghton
The Army will hit the roads for the first time as part of Operation Escalin[/caption]
Cpl Danny Houghton
The PM said it was simply a precaution and there were signs the crisis was abating[/caption]

The PM said it was simply a precaution and there were signs the crisis was abating.

But industry chiefs still warned that London and the South East was still badly hit, with more than one in five stations out of petrol and diesel.

Mr Johnson again rejected calls for more European tanker driver visas while more Brits are trained to replace cheap labour after Brexit.

He insisted: “The way forward for our country is not to just pull the big lever marked ‘uncontrolled immigration’ and allow in huge numbers of people.”

But he warned of empty shelves in the run-up to Christmas with the economy in a period of transition.

He was pressed in a BBC interview about a warning by Chancellor Rishi Sunak that problems in the global supply chain meant shortages could hit the festive season.

He replied: “Rishi is invariably right in everything he says,” before adding hurriedly: “It depends how you interpret what he is saying.”

Asked about a warning in June by the Road Haulage Association that a major crisis was building due to the shortage of drivers, he insisted he had known about the problems long before then.

The Government has agreed to grant 5,000 temporary visas to lorry drivers and a further 5,000 to ­poultry workers to try to address shortages in those industries.

Doug Seeburg
Problems in the global supply chain meant shortages could hit the festive season[/caption]
Cpl Danny Houghton
Army drivers will today start delivering fuel to Britain’s forecourts[/caption]


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