Boris Johnson has claimed today that the UK’s supply shortages are the result of a “surging” global economy post-Covid and not post-Brexit worker shortages.
The UK is suffering from goods shortages in some parts of the country due to shortages of key workers in a number of sectors, including the road haulage and agricultural industries.
The government has moved to issue thousands of short-term visas in a bid to abate the crisis.
The shortages, along with surging inflation and energy costs, have prompted fears that British households are in for a very tough winter.
However, the Prime Minister has said he will not open up to mass immigration to plug the gaps by hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who have left over the past few years.
Speaking at the Global Investment Summit, Johnson said: “The current stresses and strains in the supply chain are a function of a global economy surging again with demand and vaccine induced confidence.”
Other major economies are also seeing shortages of lorry drivers, such as the US, however the scale of the UK’s problem is far larger.
Johnson last week appointed former Tesco chief executive Sir David Lewis to get a grip on the UK’s supply chain issues.
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