Brexiteer dismisses Remainer fears of lorry shortages, saying, “The US is resorting to 14-year-olds!”
A BREXITEER has mocked Remainers’ fear over supermarket and truck driver shortages, pointing out that similar issues exist in other nations.
Supermarkets and industry leaders have been warning of food shortages and a scarcity of lorry drivers since the UK left the EU on January 1. The shortages have been blamed on Brexit, but Conservative MPs have also alluded to the coronavirus outbreak and other training concerns as causes.
John Redwood, the Conservative MP for Wokingham, turned to Twitter to deny that supermarket and truck driver shortages are due to Brexit.
“Poland is short on truck drivers,” he remarked. In order to fill employment in the hospitality industry, the United States is turning to 14-year-olds.
“Those ‘Brexit’ issues are cropping up all over the place!”
Former Tory MEP David Bannerman recently stated that a shortage of lorry drivers is “definitely not (because of) Brexit then,” as other countries face similar problems.
Mr Redwood cited claims from the United States that a McDonald’s in Oregon was hiring “14 and 15-year-olds.”
“There are often staffing concerns, but this is unheard of,” restaurant owner Heather Coleman told Business Insider.
A Burger King in Ohio similarly advertised for 14 and 15-year-olds earlier this year.
“Do you have a 14- or 15-year-old?” read a placard. Do they require employment? We’re going to recruit them!”
Nonagricultural employment require a minimum age of 14 years old, according to the US Department of Labor.
There has been a severe shortage of HGV drivers in Poland and throughout Europe.
While the United Kingdom is suffering a 100,000-driver shortage, mainland Europe is facing a 400,000-driver shortage.
Logistics analysts’ research Last year, according to Transport Intelligence, Germany was lacking between 45,000 and 60,000 HGV drivers.
By 2027, the International Road Transport Union predicts a shortage of 185,000 drivers in Germany.
According to the Daily Mail, Poland is the country most hit by the lorry crisis, with a deficit of about 100,000 drivers.
Supermarkets and trade organizations have warned that food shortages might occur in 2021 unless the government relaxes post-Brexit immigration regulations for EU workers.
More HGV drivers are needed to fulfill a shortage of over 100,000, according to the chairman of Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer.
The government, on the other hand, has remained solid in its stance on the issue and its determination to honor the Brexit vote outcome.
“The British people,” a representative for the Home Office said. “Brinkwire Summary News.”