The Washington Post reports:
Hoping to ease a supply-chain crisis and forestall a Christmas logjam, the British government announced late Saturday night that more than 10,000 foreign workers will be eligible for temporary visas to work as truck drivers and in the food industry.
The move is a departure for Boris Johnson’s administration, which, since Britain’s exit from the European Union in January 2020, has overhauled its immigration system to end what it described as an overreliance on cheap, low-skilled foreign labor.
But in a U-turn this weekend, the government said it would allow temporary visas for truck drivers and poultry workers. It comes as labor shortages in Britain have rippled through the economy, with supermarkets running out of some goods and restaurant chains like McDonald’s and KFC cutting items from their menus.
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Britain opens up visa rules as it wrestles with critical truck driver shortage https://t.co/45Jagthle4
— Post World (@PostWorld) September 26, 2021
Worries about supply chain problems understandable. Many of these issues have been caused/exacerbated by Brexit & UK gov has duty to find solutions fast. @scotgov will help all we can & I have activated our resilience unit. In meantime, I’d urge people to buy responsibly. https://t.co/9CCT4w6ydt
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 24, 2021
“It’s as simple as this: everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a truck,” says Road Haulage Association
“If there is a shortage of HGV drivers – and there is by 100,000 – it is inevitable that we are not going to get all the things we want”https://t.co/mrqlq74T3R
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 24, 2021
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) September 24, 2021
Britain vowed to do whatever it takes to resolve a trucker shortage that has closed petrol stations and strained supermarket supply chains to breaking point https://t.co/ZrhR6o51py pic.twitter.com/D5xlhPtvIG
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 24, 2021
So the EU was blamed for everything wrong in Britain: bendy bananas, the power of vacuum cleaners etc. etc.
But Brexit is apparently not responsible for labour shortages, food shortages or accentuating the energy crisis.
Sometimes it feels like Britain is a fact-free zone.
— Sam Bright (@WritesBright) September 24, 2021
If it’s a “global crisis” then why are all the papers around Europe and the world commenting on the dire state of Brexit Britain? https://t.co/v1D9Z6ioed
— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) September 25, 2021
If this is such a Europe-wide problem how is it that no one but Britain seems to be experiencing fuel shortages, empty supermarkets and a sudden and unmanageable loss of HGV drivers?
Obviously because Brexit just applies to … Britain
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) September 26, 2021