The UK Government will mobilize 200 troops from the British army, including a hundred specialized drivers, to facilitate from this Monday the tasks of gasoline distribution in the country’s service stations, right now seriously hampered by the lack of carriers.
In addition, the British Government has announced the launch of a renovation plan for the visas for almost 5,000 foreign carriers who would have to leave the country on December 24 and who will now be able to stay until the end of February.
Similarly, the Government has offered immediate entry into the country to another 300 drivers who will receive a temporary visa until March 2022.
Meanwhile, the British opposition has called for an emergency session of Parliament and the appearance of the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, to explain the circumstances of the crisis.
Parties such as the Scottish Nationalist directly link the situation to the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, as its parliamentary leader, Ian Blackford, pointed out at the time. “The job shortage, rising costs, empty supermarkets, the fuel crisis and trade barriers are causing us enormous damage,” he lamented.
Call to calm
For his part, the British Government Secretary for Business, Kwasi Kwarteng, has called for calm. “There is no fuel shortage in the UK and right now we are seeing a stabilization in demand. Our storage capacity continues to rise, as well as the initial shipments of fuel “, he highlighted.
However, the Association of Service Station Operators has warned that the crisis still has weeks left, in particular for independent suppliers, particularly affected by this paralysis, according to its president, Brian Madderson.
“Military drivers will be a great help but we must prioritize shipments to independent stations that are, ultimately, the supply centers of a lifetime,” he explained to the BBC.