Brexit 'not to blame' for supply crisis says Andrew Bridgen
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JD Wetherspoon is the latest business to fall victim to supply chain issues and lorry driver shortages as it was announced today that the pubs are out of multiple brands of beer. One fuming customer shared the news on Twitter with a photograph of a sign warning: “We regret to inform you that we are out of stock of Carling, Coors and Bud Light.
“Due to supply issues regards to lack of lorry drivers and strike action which are out of our control.”
In response to the shortage, Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon echoed: “We are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the products available.
“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused. We know that the brewers are trying to resolve the issue.”
Remainer Twitter users have been quick to point the finger at Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin, who was a staunch supporter of Brexit during the referendum and even printed 200,000 beer mats urging people to “Take Back Control” in 2016.
One feisty user said: “I used to give Wetherspoons credit for its democratic pricing and half-decent curries. Not now. Brexiteer owner Tim Martin has been instrumental in creating the labour and supply shortages now affecting him. He deserves everything he gets. #BrexitChaos.”
Another said: “Tim Martin was one of the architects of Brexit its now backfired on him, he is suffering what he said would never happen, namely beer/staff shortages. I have got no sympathy.”
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Sir Michael Take, former Tory MP for Dorset, jumped to Mr Martin’s defence saying: “I am disgusted by the way leftists are mocking Tim Martin about beer shortages at Wetherspoons.
“Tim is a great entrepreneur and a generous boss we should be proud of. He knows it is just a few teething problems we expected in the early days of Brexit. Next year he will be laughing!”
Punters were warned that some pubs could face beer shortages this week as delivery drivers prepare to go on strike after being offered just a 1.4 percent pay rise despite many losing income during the Covid pandemic.
In addition, a shortage has been amplified after many drivers from EU countries returned to their homeland during the pandemic and stayed there.
Covid restrictions have also caused a backlog of drivers being able to take their HGV test.
A Government spokeswoman said: “We have a highly resilient food supply chain and well-established ways of working with the food sector to address food supply chain disruptions.
“We recently announced a package of measures to help tackle the HGV driver shortage, including plans to streamline the process for new drivers to gain their HGV licence and to increase the number of driving tests able to be conducted.
“We want to see employers make long-term investments in the UK domestic workforce instead of relying on labour from abroad and our Plan for Jobs is helping people across the country retrain, build new skills and get back into work.”
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