UK fuel shortage worsens as industry chief warns ‘people will go without’

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Panic buying continued throughout Britain’s petrol forecourts on Saturday, prompting an industry chief to say “a lot of people are going to go without fuel”.“This could be emergency services, it could be deliveries to supermarkets, it could be NHS [National Health Service] workers, doctors, firemen, people who have really serious jobs that need 24-hour requirements for fuel,” Brian Madderson, head of the Petrol Retailers Association, told Sky News.“I think this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.”So does UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it would seem. On Saturday, a government spokeswoman said 5,000 short-term visas would be issued to mitigate the lorry driver shortage that kick-started the fuel rush.“We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages,” she said.Yet repeated attempts by authorities to spread calm and urge against panic buying have had the opposite effect.For two days, petrol
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