Food shortages could last until Christmas, Boris Johnson warns

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Consumers have faced gaps on supermarket shelves and long queues at petrol stations
// Food and fuel shortages could continue until Christmas
// Boris Johnson warned retailers at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester
// Foreign secretary Liz Truss said shortages were down to businesses to fix

Retailers have been warned that food and fuel shortages could continue until Christmas as the government seeks to resolve the ongoing matter.

Boris Johnson said yesterday at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that he will keep “all options on the table” to fix the issue.

The Prime Minister suggested that it could be months before supply chains get back to normal.


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Consumers have faced gaps on supermarket shelves and long queues at petrol stations because of labour shortages in the past few weeks.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss said that the shortages were down to businesses to fix.

Truss said Johnson was not “responsible for what’s in the shops”.

Meanwhile, Johnson did not rule out issuing further temporary visas to EU workers.

Last week, ministers announced an extra 5000 visas for HGV drivers and 5500 for poultry workers to come from Europe until Christmas.

Johnson said that “the thing you can’t do is go back to the model of the UK economy that we had for decades, which was basically allowing low wage, low-skilled jobs to be supported by uncontrolled immigration.

He said he was “very confident” that this Christmas would be “considerably better” than last year.

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