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SNP calls for cross-party talks on ‘Brexit crisis’

Ian Blackford

Ian Blackford: ‘a perfect storm’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to immediately convene cross-party talks and recall Parliament to address the Brexit crisis hitting the UK.

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford says “meaningful action” is needed to tackle the severe labour shortages – including a lack of HGV drivers – empty supermarket shelves, and rising energy costs,

Mr Blackford warns that the UK is facing a “perfect Brexit storm” that requires a quick response.

“There can be no dodging the fact that the Tory government’s extreme Brexit deal is piling on the pressure and playing a major role in the ongoing crisis facing the UK.” said Mr Blackford.

“While Tory MPs gather for conference, businesses and households across the UK are being burdened beyond breaking point by Brexit. 

“The severe labour shortages, soaring costs, empty supermarket shelves, ongoing fuel crisis, and trading barriers are all inflicting serious and lasting harm.”

However, there were signs of some easing in the petrol issue as BP said problems at its stations caused by a shortage of HGV drivers was starting to improve.

Armed forces personnel will begin delivering petrol to garages across the UK from Monday, the government says.

Almost 200 servicemen and women, 100 of them drivers, will provide “temporary” support to ease pressure on stations.

Ministers have also announced that up to 300 overseas fuel tanker drivers will be able to work in the UK immediately until the end of March.

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