Gas shortage is NOTHING to do with Brexit! Britons erupt at Remoaner claims as petrol hit

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Reacting to reports that oil giant BP issued an “urgent” fuel shortage warning, one reader responded: “The gas shortage is NOTHING to do with Brexit. It’s caused by a Europe-wide gas shortage.

“Everyone is in the same boat, although Germany is better than most because they still have coal, and France still has nuclear [power].

“The UK is screwed because it actually followed EU rules and closed its power station in favour of wind, and now the wind is calm, we have to use gas power stations to make up for it.

Another reader with the screen-name Citizen51 said: “All the desperate Remoaning lot getting excited … bless em!!”

They were replying to various other commenters who pointed to Brexit as behind the dual lack of both fuel and HGV drivers in the UK.

But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted that there would be no shortage of fuel.

He told the BBC that oil refineries had “plenty of petrol” and that the army may be brought in if necessary.

This was backed up by a spokesperson for Boris Johnson, who said: “It’s important to restate that there’s no shortage of fuel, so people should continue to buy it as usual.”

However, oil giant BP said on Thursday that a number of its forecourts were running low on at least one type of fuel, with some shutting their doors entirely.

BP said in a statement: “We are experiencing fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have therefore seen a handful of sites temporarily close due to a lack of both unleaded and diesel grades.”

BP added: “These have been caused by delays in the supply chain, which has been impacted by industry-wide driver shortages across the UK and we are working hard to address this issue.

“We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries to serve our customers.”

Head of UK Retail at BP, Hanna Hofer, had previously stressed the “urgency of the situation” to UK ministers.

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She added that BP currently had “two-thirds of normal forecourt stock levels required for smooth operations.”

This supply, she continued, was “declining rapidly.”

It told the Government that they planned to restrict deliveries of fuel to certain forecourts in order to better manage stocks.

Tesco and Esso also warned of a fuel shortage at their forecourts in various locations, citing similar HGV driver shortages.

Estimates from the Road Haulage Association put the HGV driver shortage at approximately 100,000 in the UK.

This has been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, changing visa requirements post-Brexit, and issues with working conditions.

Ministers are meeting today to discuss how to solve the HGV driver shortage, and it is thought they will discuss emergency visa relaxations for HGV drivers, according to the Independent.

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