Brexit 'not to blame' for supply crisis says Andrew Bridgen
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The late-night satirical heute-show has made fun of Brexit Britain for the labour shortages, empty shelves in supermarkets and queues at some fuel stations. Comedian and host Oliver Welke blamed the lack of EU HGV drivers for the issues and claimed leaving the bloc had not worked out as planned.
Fellow comic Lutz van der Horst even acted out a scene of himself learning to drive a lorry in Northern Ireland.
The timely reference to Northern Ireland comes amid an ongoing spat between London and Brussels over the implementation of post-Brexit rules.
Mr van der Horst joked he would be glad to lend a hand as the Prime Minister and Brexit has “provided so much material for our show”.
The heute-show tweeted: “It’s not nice to gloat, but we’re making an exception for Boris Johnson.
“So much for ‘after Brexit everything will be better’!
“Now there is a lack of Eastern European lorry drivers who drove fuel to the garages until Johnson no longer wanted them.”
Mr Welke added: “In addition to the recurring empty shelves in supermarkets, there are now also endless queues in front of garages.
“Why? Eastern European lorry drivers are missing who used to transport fuel until recently, until Boris no longer wanted them.
“In their desperation, the Brits now wrote to Germans living on the island to ask them to drive lorries with their German driving licence.”
Later in the episode, Mr van der Horst acted out a sketch as he gets behind the wheel of a lorry – despite not driving a car for 20 years.
He then jokes: “Boris Johnson and the Brexiteers have provided so much material for our show.
“I don’t mind helping out when they have delivery problems.”
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The comedy takedown comes as supply chains are squeezed around the world – and not just in the UK.
Markets across Europe, the US and Asia are all edging closer towards pre-pandemic levels as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.
The reopening has triggered global demand for products and services to increase at the same time – and coincides with the already busy festive season.
The coronavirus pandemic caused the closure of many ports and borders, with the effects of the backlog yet to be cleared.
Meanwhile, supply chains were already strained following the blockage of the Suez Canal – one of the world’s largest shipping lanes – for over a week in March.
Now the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere – has reported cargo levels are 30 percent higher in 2021.
In September, the hub was forced to hold 60 vessels at anchor or adrift as they waited to be unloaded.
Veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil issued a warning for the festive season across the Atlantic.
He said: “Major problems with US supply chains cause a massive build-up of container ships off Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Predictions of Christmas shortages in shops.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.
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