Fuel crisis: French TV panel discuss UK problems post-Brexit
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Speaking about Britain’s troubles in the post-Brexit era the actor said: “Oh, that’s teething trouble, it’s obviously not going to go well immediately.” However, the actor changed his tone about the current post-Brexit crises such as fuel shortages and supply chain woes while the Prime Minister is on holiday in Spain. Britain is facing a difficult winter labour shortages, skyrocketing natural gas prices and global supply chain constraints.
These economic woes came to a head this month when Britain’s National Pig Association warned that up to 120,000 pigs face being culled within weeks because of a lack of butchers and abattoir workers.
The Confederation of British Industry said its latest data showed 70 percent of companies were planning to raise wages in order to encourage more British workers.
Several energy suppliers in Britain have collapsed since September causing gas prices to climb to record highs.
The price hikes will fall on more than 22 million UK households, who are connected to the British gas grid.
Amid these economic woes, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to take a controversial holiday to Marbella with his wife and family.
In an interview published at the weekend, Sir Michael said: “I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“I’ve got to wait for Boris to come back off holiday.
“I mean, to do that, to go on holiday right now, it’s unbelievable.
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“People queueing for petrol.
“And you think: ‘Wait a minute, he’s gone to Marbella?’”
The actor who starred alongside his friend Sean Connery in classics such as, The Man Who Would Be King, said that he supported Mr Johnson, but is now “disappointed”.
He told the Guardian: “Oh, I supported him.
“I thought he was great.
“But now I’m very disappointed in him.
“He made a big mistake there, going to Marbella.
“Let’s see if when he comes back he can settle it all.
“Otherwise we might have a socialist government.”
When asked if he thinks the country is in better shape today than when he was younger he said, “I don’t know”.
He added: “It’s still not perfect.
“Probably never will be.
“Look at the state we’re in now.
“If you’re growing up today you’re in for a tough time.”
When quizzed by Sky News as to why he thought the British public voted for Brexit Sir Michael said the reason was “freedom” rather than as a result of racism or anxiety over immigration.
The actor added that Britain’s exit from the EU would be “all right”.
He said: “I voted for Brexit.
“What it is with me, I’d rather be a poor master than a rich servant.
“It wasn’t about the racism, immigrants or anything.
“It was about freedom.”
“Politics is always chaotic.
“In politics, you’re always going into areas you’ve never been before, so you’re going to get lost and then you’re going to find your way, and then it’ll be all right.”
The actor had stated before Britain left the EU that his trouble with the bloc was because of “government-by-proxy of everybody who has now got carried away.
He added: “I think that, unless there are some extremely significant changes we should get out.
“I feel certain we should come out.”
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