Brexit Rules Blamed For Beer Shortage In UK Pubs
Britain's pubs may have been among the first to reopen after a series of lengthy lockdowns across Europe, but your choice of beers there might be more limited than normal if you're in the area.
Photo Insert: Beer is the latest product to be affected by Brexit following sausages and fish.
The problem is that there's a shortage of lorry drivers in Britain, which in turn is partly due to new regulations following Brexit. And that means anyone visiting Britain at the moment and hoping to sample Britain's local ales may find publicans are complaining of delivery problems.
Wetherspoons, a widespread chain of pubs known for its low pint prices, has announced that there have been delivery problems with certain brands in some branches.
The company apologized to its customers and assured them that everything was being done together with the breweries to solve the problem.
According to the logistics association Road Haulage Association, there is a shortage of about 100,000 drivers. One important reason for this is Brexit, as many drivers from Europe have left the country and new ones are hardly coming in as a result of complicated and expensive visa procedures.
Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin has been a vocal Brexit supporter but has recently called for a more liberal immigration system. Due to the shortage of drivers, there have also been supply problems at fast-food chains McDonald's, Nando's, and KFC.
At the same time, travelers should not be surprised to see empty supermarket shelves. The logistics industry is demanding unbureaucratic visas for European drivers and better subsidies for driving tests.