Updated on Saturday, 2 October 2021 – 16:57
The Ministry of Defense activates the unusual military “deployment” to alleviate supply problems
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About 200 soldiers will join the so-called Operation Escalin as of Monday. to guarantee supply at gas stations British, after the crisis created by the lack of drivers. The Ministry of Defense confirmed the unusual military “deployment” to alleviate the fuel supply problems that mainly affect the south of England and London, after ten days of endless queues at petrol stations.
“Although the situation is stabilizing, our armed forces will be there to fill vacancies, support the industry and help move the country,” declared the Secretary of Defense. Ben wallace. During the last week, a long hundred soldiers have been trained at the controls of heavy vehicles and have remained in reserve, waiting for the moment to take action.
“In Scotland and the north of England there has been some better, but In London and the South East, the situation is even worser “, Brian Madderson, president of the Petroleum Retailers Association (PRA), warned the BBC. The mobilization of soldiers is a temporary solution, Madderson stressed:” What we need is a medium and long-term strategy to prevent this situation may be repeated. “
The army’s intervention in the supply crisis, which threatens to spread to other sectors, comes at the worst possible time to Boris johnson. The premier will speak next week at the Conservative Party’s national conference in Manchester, amid the growing acrimony of the British towards their mismanagement of the crisis, amplified by Brexit and the pandemic.
Faced with pressure from the sectors most affected by the lack of personnel, from transportation to food, Johnson agreed at the last minute on Friday to relax immigration restrictions, extend thousands of visas that expired at the end of the year and allow the arrival of 4,700 truck drivers from October to February.
Others 5,500 workers in the poultry sector will also receive temporary permits for the next three months, before the SOS launched by the employer for the vacancies left by immigrants from Eastern Europe after Brexit. The same problem affects slaughterhouses and pork processing plants. Up to 120,000 animals could be slaughtered (and later buried or incinerated) due to lack of space on farms.
“What we are seeing is a real disruption of supply chains in different sectors, not only in the United Kingdom but in other parts of the world,” said the Secretary of the Treasury. Rishi Sunak speaking to The Daily Mail. “We are determined to do everything we can to try to mitigate everything that is happening.”
Sunak recognized that millions of British families face “a harsh winter” due to inflation, the energy crisis and the cut in social assistance. The critical situation also occurs just at the end of the Covid aid program evaluated at more than 80,000 million euros that has served to protect 12 million jobs.
The Secretary of the Treasury announced this week the creation of a special fund of 600 million euros of aid to disadvantaged families this winter, considered clearly insufficient by the Labor opposition. Labor leader Keir Starmer has called for an urgent session of Parliament to address the crisis and has accused Boris Johnson of “ignoring the problems and responding with half-measures.”
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