Brexit: Barnier wants to 'break' UK as 'punishment' says Farage
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Debate about driver shortages in the UK and Europe has prompted much commentary. EU analysts have been quick to point the finger at Brexit, but the problem is present in various nations across the bloc. Robert Kimbell, chairman of the Time Party UK, drew attention to this. Alongside a link to a report about the situation across the Channel, he tweeted: “Meanwhile, in France.
“France lacks 40,000 to 50,000 lorry drivers.”
Martin Daubney, deputy leader of the Reclaim Party, also pointed out that Belgium has experienced empty supermarket shelves.
He took aim at Remainers also pointing the finger at Brexit. Mr Daubney said in a post on Twitter: “The shortages in Belgium aren’t due to Brexit, the same as they aren’t here, but observe the rage!
“Zero sense of humour has always been the preserve of the Remoaner mindset.”
France’s prime minister Jean Castex yesterday announced Government plans to counteract the nation’s labour shortages over a range of industries, including road transport.
Union la Fédération nationale des transports routiers (FNTR) said the road transportation sector in France is also suffering from a lack of drivers.
However, France does not yet look set to suffer the same fuel shortages as the UK.
Figures from Sagess, which manages French petrol stocks, said that it had fuel supplies for 90 days in depots across the country.
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There are 89 storage sites throughout France that represent 13.9 million tonnes of fuel supply stocks.
The representative of the French FNTR union Florence Berthelot told France Info that the situation in France is “not as bad as it is in the UK”.
Ms Berthelot said the current HGV driver shortage in France is related to existing staff reaching retirement age.
She said low salaries were also an issue in France.
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Ms Berthelot said: “Candidates are often put off by all of the travel.
“Often, they just think of making journeys every week, but today there are jobs for all profiles in the industry, such as for roles where you don’t have to travel, such as logistics.
“There are jobs where you leave in the morning and get back in the evening, and do all of the urban deliveries.
“There is a lot of variation.”
Currently, in the UK there is still a shortage of approximately 100,000 HGV drivers.
This driver shortage has led to a shortage of fuel that has been compounded by driver panic about buying petrol and diesel.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has made attempts to play down the issue.
Mr Shapps told the BBC: “We are starting to see panic buying drop.
“There are now more grades of fuel available at more petrol stations.”
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