British officials will allow more than 10,000 foreign workers to work temporarily in Britain as truck drivers and in the food sector as ministers save the Christmas season from a shortage of supplies.
According to the British News Agency (PA Media), Transport Minister Grant Shops said the changes would see the issuance of visas from next month, “ensuring that preparations for the festive season continue.”
Retailers have warned the government that it has only 10 days to save Christmas from a “significant disruption” due to a shortage of about 90,000 drivers in the freight sector.
The reactions of industry leaders and opposition politicians to the temporary visa scheme, which aims to fill the shortage of truck drivers, vary between disappointment and relief.
The plan, announced by “Downing Street” circles, will be a “short-term solution” to the temporary lifting of visa restrictions for foreign drivers in light of the expected announcement on visas tomorrow, which will ease cargo pressure ahead of Christmas, British news agency PA Media reported on Saturday.
It comes amid shots of long queues at gas stations to shut down gas stations and stop selling fuel rations due to a shortage of drivers for large freight trucks.
Amid fears that the Christmas shopping season could be affected if no action is taken, fuel problems are on the rise as concerns over the impact of a shortage of truck drivers on supermarket goods are mounting.
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