Only 27 fuel tanker drivers from the EU have applied to work in Britain under the government’s emergency scheme to tackle the petrol crisis, according to the Times.
This is part of are 5,000 visas offered to curb an acute shortage of drivers, which has caused chaos for food and fuel supplies.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described them as a “fascinating illustration” of the crisis, before saying the small number of names provided by the road haulage industry “so far” was a result of “the global shortage” of drivers.
At the Tory party conference in Manchester, Johnson also said the economy has been in a “deep freeze and the pipes are unfreezing now”. He added that the supply chain issues are a part of the economy “waking up” from the pandemic.