HGV Drivers: Johnson Condemns “Fascinating Illustration” Of UK Crisis

Responding to a question on the exact figures, first published by The Times on Monday night, Johnson described them as a “fascinating illustration” of the crisis.

HGV Drivers: Johnson Condemns “Fascinating Illustration” Of UK Crisis
HGV Drivers: Johnson Condemns “Fascinating Illustration” Of UK Crisis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday dismissed claims that only 27 foreign truck drivers have accepted the UK’s temporary visa offer, saying the government granted 127 of the 300 visas intended to admit overseas workers into the UK on a short-term basis.

Responding to a question on the exact figures, first published by The Times on Monday night, Johnson described them as a “fascinating illustration” of the crisis.

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The Prime Minister also said the few names provided by the road haulage industry “so far” was a result of “the global shortage” of drivers.

In another interview this morning, Johnson faulted claims Britain was in crisis as a result of a shortage of labour or that it was facing a “1970s-style inflationary spiral”.

“I think that on the contrary, what you are seeing with the UK economy … is very largely in the supply chains the stresses and strains you would expect from a giant waking up and that is what is happening,” Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme during the third day of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

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Labour’s Anneliese Dodds, reacting to the Prime Minister’s claims, said Johnson was “so out of touch that he can’t see a crisis when it’s staring him in the face”.

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