Thursday 9 September 2021 7:15 AM UTC
LONDON Sept 9: The supply chain troubles caused by Brexit and the pandemic in the UK have been so bad for shopowners that the shelves at their store in central London are seriously lacking water and soft drinks.
“Last week I ran out of Coca-Cola. I haven’t had large bottles of Evian for three weeks,” said a shopwner in central London. “Without products, there’s no business. With empty shelves like this, no one is going to come in the shop anyway,” he added.
A wide range of businesses have suffered through shortages for several months in the UK — from milkshakes at McDonald’s to beer at a pub chain to mattresses at Ikea.
But shoppers are also facing empty shelves for things as basic as water and milk at UK supermarkets and grocery stores.
The coronavirus crisis has severely disrupted the global supply chain, but Britain’s divorce from the European Union late last year has exacerbated the problem in the UK.
Shops are not getting products delivered to them as rules making it harder to hire EU citizens has left haulage companies with a drastic shortage of lorry drivers.
Many people who returned to their home countries from Britain during the lockdown have not returned.
According to recent estimates, the UK currently faces a shortage of about 100,000 lorry drivers.
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