London (dpa) – Massive delivery problems with gasoline and food are apparently forcing the government in Great Britain to make an abrupt U-turn.
As the British media unanimously reported on Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson now wants to help to bring thousands of foreign truck drivers into the country through derogations in order to master the acute crisis. The strict Brexit visa regulations are currently making it difficult for skilled workers to immigrate, so that the logistics industry has come under even greater pressure. Sometimes long queues formed. It is these images that have led Johnson to rethink, as it is said in the British papers. “Boris is completely fed up with the bad headlines and wants it to be resolved, he no longer cares about visa rules,” the Financial Times quoted an “ally” of Johnson’s.
Thousands of drivers from the Foreign countries are not enough
Business representatives were relieved. However, the industry association CBI warned the government against believing that the crisis could be solved with the help of a few thousand foreign drivers, especially as numerous industries complain of a shortage of skilled workers. “We have no trained butchers, we have no trained welders, we have no cooks, we have no electrical engineers, so there is a labor shortage in the entire economy,” said CBI boss Tony Danker of the BBC.
The government is demanding that companies hire and train more British workers and pay higher wages. Danker admitted necessary reforms, but criticized the government for its approach. “You can’t turn bag handlers into butchers overnight or shopkeepers into cooks,” he said. Truck drivers. That is why there were bottlenecks and empty supermarket shelves in many places. The energy companies BP and Esso were no longer able to supply some petrol stations with fuel due to the lack of drivers. Other sectors, such as meat producers, also complain of a blatant shortage of skilled workers. Since Brexit, EU citizens moving to the UK for work have had to obtain expensive visas. The enormous increases in gas prices are also having an impact on the supply, with hundreds of thousands of consumers getting higher bills.
Fuel is running out
The energy companies BP and Esso closed several dozen petrol stations, others only had petrol or diesel. The operator EG Group introduced an upper limit of 30 pounds (35 euros) per customer at the fuel pumps. Cabinet members, sometimes in a shrill tone, called on the population to refrain from panic buying. “There is no shortage of fuel,” tweeted Culture Minister Nadine Dorries. “I repeat: THERE IS NO LACK OF FUEL !!”
There should be an upper limit for visa exemptions, which, according to information from Sky News, could be 5000. A government spokesman stressed that any regulation would be “very strictly limited”. The deputy head of the opposition Labor Party, Angela Rayner, criticized the BBC for having put itself in this position because of its fatal decisions could not find it attractive at all. Because they would have to fear that they would have to leave the country again after a few months. Since numerous truck drivers are also wanted in the EU, the specialists could prefer a secure job in the international community.