Echoes of Tony Blair’s Fuel Crisis in 2000 as UK Petrol Stations Run Out Due to Trucker Shortage


from Sputnik News:

Tony Blair’s Labour government was faced with a crisis in September 2000 when up to 3,000 petrol stations ran out of fuel. The crisis had been caused by farmers and lorry drivers blockading oil refineries and panic buying of petrol.
The British government has promised to take measures to solve a chronic shortage of lorry drivers which has caused hundreds of petrol stations to shut down temporarily around the country.
The situation has echoes of the crisis which Tony Blair feared would bring down his government in September 2000.


The British economy is just emerging from the pandemic but has been buffeted by a rise in wholesale gas prices and a shortage of truckers caused at least in part by Brexit, which has reduced the number of EU nationals working in the UK.
BP has shuttered many of its 1,200 UK petrol stations and Esso – which is part of ExxonMobil – has also closed some of its garages temporarily because of a shortage of petrol and diesel.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there was a global shortage of truckers and refused to blame Brexit.

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