ARMY drivers have started delivering fuel on Monday to Britain’s forecourts - as Boris Johnson warns disruption could last until Christmas.
Troops have hit the roads for the first time as part of Operation Escalin.
The PM said it was simply a precaution and there were signs the crisis was abating.
But industry chiefs still warned that London and the South East was still badly hit, with more than one in five stations out of petrol and diesel.
Mr Johnson again rejected calls for more European tanker driver visas while more Brits are trained to replace cheap labour after Brexit.
He insisted: “The way forward for our country is not to just pull the big lever marked ‘uncontrolled immigration’ and allow in huge numbers of people.”
But he warned of empty shelves in the run-up to Christmas with the economy in a period of transition.
He was pressed in a BBC interview about a warning by Chancellor Rishi Sunak that problems in the global supply chain meant shortages could hit the festive season.
Army drivers hit the roads to deliver petrol to Britain’s forecourts after fuel crisis drained stations
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