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Military put on standby in Britain amid fuel crisis

A number of military tanker drivers have been put on standby in the UK to be deployed if necessary to further ease ongoing fuel supply chain pressures.

The UK Government made the announcement on Monday evening, following a major supply chain issue with fuel coming into the country.

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Fuel shortages across Britain are reaching dangerous levels due to a lack of HGV drivers, along with nationwide panic buying.

The UK Government announced that military tanker drivers will be brought to a state of readiness in order to be deployed if necessary.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “While the fuel industry expects demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, it’s right that we take this sensible, precautionary step.”

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“The UK continues to have strong supplies of fuel, however, we are aware of supply chain issues at fuel station forecourts and are taking steps to ease these as a matter of priority,” he continued.

“If required, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help ease pressures caused by spikes in localised demand for fuel.”

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