A selection of current Brexit related news feeds

Brexit News Feeds

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26/09/2021 Boris Johnson to consider using army to supply petrol stations ,,

Ministers to discuss emergency plan Operation Escalin after BP reveals a third of its forecourts have shortages

Hundreds of soldiers could be scrambled to deliver fuel to petrol stations running dry across the country due to panic buying and a shortage of drivers under an emergency plan expected to be considered by Boris Johnson on Monday.

The prime minister will gather senior members of the cabinet to scrutinise “Operation Escalin” after BP admitted that a third of its petrol stations had run out of the main two grades of fuel, while the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents almost 5,500 independent outlets, said 50% to 90% of its members had reported running out. It predicted that the rest would soon follow.

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26/09/2021 Labour Conference Has Voted In Favour Of Keir Starmer's Changes To Electing The Party Leader ,,Labour Party Conference delegates have voted in favour of implementing a series of controversial changes to the way the party leader is elected. www.politicshome.com Visit...
26/09/2021 The Guardian view on Starmer’s Labour: time to take on the Tories | Editorial ,,

The Labour leader must know his party faces existential implications if it suffers a historic fifth election defeat

Britons usually eat more than 10m turkeys during the festive season. If the country were to run short of the yuletide bird then that may be the crisis to crystallise for voters Boris Johnson’s leading role in letting down the public. Mr Johnson has gone to extraordinary lengths to deny his complicity in failure. Yet his fingerprints are all over recent upheavals: the panic buying of petrol, the empty supermarket shelves, working people facing steep cuts in benefits. Leaving the EU has allowed the government to make mistakes and Mr Johnson has embraced this freedom with gusto. During Covid, British lorry drivers failed to get the message about a Brexit dividend of wage hikes and left their jobs. Ministers have been forced to ask European workers to make up the shortfall and save Christmas for the country that claimed it no longer needed them.

No one ought to believe an inveterate liar. The fact that many Labour voters who backed Mr Johnson still give him the benefit of the doubt lies at the heart of Sir Keir Starmer’s electoral problem. The prime minister dodged the blame for his catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic by spinning it as a story of vaccine success. In a crisis, there are two narratives in play at the same time. One is that a country is about to go off the rails. The other, Mr Johnson’s preferred oratorical territory, is that this is an opportunity to wake up a nation’s potential.

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26/09/2021 ‘I was empty, I’m not panic-buying’: in the petrol queue on the North Circular ,,

Inside lane of one of the UK’s busiest roads is full of frustrated motorists waiting for a turn at the pump

A kilometre of one of the UK’s most congested roads was on Sunday taking on a new, unwanted role: the queue for a BP garage still managing to sell petrol.

Julian Dunbar estimated he had waited an hour and a half on the inside lane of the A406 North Circular in South Chingford, east London, to finally be able to fill up. “The petrol light is on, I’m almost empty,” he said. “It’s frustrating because not everyone here needs to fill up. We’re here because we need to for the week, not because we are panic-buying.”

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26/09/2021 Shadow Ministers Say Keir Starmer's Leadership Rule Change Is Vital For Getting Back Into Power ,,Members of Keir Starmer's shadow cabinet have defended the Labour leader's controversial move to change how the party's leadership contests work, with one telling PoliticsHome the current proposal don't go far enough. www.politicshome.com Visit...
26/09/2021 The petrol queues seem like a throwback. But at least in the 70s our leaders weren’t so callow | John Harris ,,

We’re faced with empty shelves and driver shortages. Yet those in charge today seem totally out of their depth

Among the words that will send the collective British psyche into panic, three are among the most potent: Christmas, petrol, and winter. Put them together, and you have the perfect ingredients for a crisis, made all the more surreal by the fact that one of its key causes – Brexit – is a word no one in politics wants to mention.

Despite ministers’ assurances that the lack of fuel is all in our heads, queues at garage forecourts extend into the distance. Supermarkets are full of empty shelves; rising energy prices threaten household budgets. Everybody knows that the UK’s labour shortages are dire, and that a deficit of 100,000 hauliers is serious indeed.

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26/09/2021 Black Christmas: turkeys, trees and toys under threat from labour shortage, suppliers say ,,

Government steps to remedy lack of food processors and drivers are ‘thimble of water on a bonfire’, industry experts say

The UK could face a “national shortage” of turkeys in the lead-up to Christmas brought on by a lack of labour following Brexit, the chair of a farming association has said.

Kate Martin, of the Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association (TFTA), said that while small British farms that used local workers had been less affected, supermarket shelves were likely to be hit by a shortage of skilled European employees.

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26/09/2021 Campaigning against predatory marriage ,,

Daphne Franks writes about her mother who was victim to predatory marriage. Family members are often not believed, due to being 'hysterical'. More must be done to change the law around marriage.

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Campaigning against predatory marriage

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26/09/2021 Five cost of living crises facing the UK government ,,

Is the pandemic to blame? Is it Brexit? Or is it just ministerial incompetence? Whatever the case, it’s going to be a tough winter


The cost of natural gas has quadrupled in four months, but energy companies cannot pass on the increase to customers because prices are capped by the government. The price cap will go up by an average of £139 in October, but dozens of smaller suppliers are expected to go out of business. When the cap is reviewed in April next year, it may go up by another £200 or more, some analysts believe. Gas costs are unlikely to fall for months, so heavy industry firms will face higher costs, and the UK is no longer part of the EU’s energy market which allows for simple cross-border trading of energy to keep prices more stable.

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25/09/2021 Short-term UK visa scheme expected to tackle Christmas delivery disruption ,,

Industry figures express frustration and relief over plan to relieve UK’s lorry driver shortage

The prospect of a temporary visa scheme to fix the lorry driver shortage has been met with frustration and relief by industry figures and opposition politicians.

With an announcement expected over the weekend, Downing Street sources said the scheme, which reports suggest will temporarily lift visa restrictions for foreign drivers, is to be a “short-term solution” to ease pressure on deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.

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