Boris Johnson had a violent confrontation with Andrew Marr over HGV shortages, claiming that Brexit will mend the ‘broken model.’
BORIS Johnson and Andrew Marr have battled over the shortage of HGV lorry drivers in the UK, which the Prime Minister blames on “broken” economics.
Andrew Marr grilled the Prime Minister on the UK government’s handling of the HGV driver situation, which has resulted in shortages and long lines at gas stations. Boris Johnson suggested that the trucking problem was a necessary stumbling block on the way to increased productivity and economic growth as a result of Brexit. He claimed that British voters in 2016 and 2019 voted to remove the UK economy’s “broken model,” which he described as based on low salaries and low skills.
“The logic of what you are saying is that the shortages and short-term problems are an inevitable effect of the program,” Marr informed the Prime Minister.
“We as a country must go through some bumps, some shortages, and some queues on the route to more productivity and higher salaries, and that, guys, is what you voted for.”
“That’s what you got when you voted for Boris’s Brexit.”
“When people voted for change in 2016, and they did again in 2019, they voted for the end of a failed model of the UK economy that relied on low pay, low skill, and chronic low productivity,” Boris responded.
“We’re getting away from it; we’re investing heavily in skills, and we’re investing heavily in infrastructure…”
“This is getting blustery,” Marr snarled.
“No, it isn’t!” responded the Prime Minister.
When asked when he first became aware of the HGV driver shortage, Mr Johnson stated that shortages have existed “for a very long time and it’s a chronic problem.”
Mr Johnson went on to say that in order to address the shortfall of truck and lorry drivers, he would “not just pull the huge lever labelled unrestricted immigration.”
He blamed the fuel shortages on “demand.”
When asked if the shortages would last till Christmas, the Prime Minister instead attempted to explain why there is a driver shortage in the UK and elsewhere.
“When you look at the particular situation on petrol forecourts, there you have a problem that is now very much driven by demand,” he told Marr.
“The road forward for our country is not to simply pull the large lever marked. “Brinkwire Summary News,” the Prime Minister remarked.