The government has denied claims of a fuel shortage in the UK, despite signs of panic buying. But some filling stations have been closed after running out of fuel while long queues of drivers have been spotted at garage forecourts around the country. Ministers claim a shortage of lorry drivers has affected delivery of fuel supplies and that media coverage of the shortage has led drivers to buy more petrol than they would otherwise. The Covid pandemic has seen many foreign lorry drivers return to their home countries and around 20,000 European drivers leave the UK after Brexit. The UK government has now implemented the Downstream Oil Protocol to allow the industry to share information and improve supplies. But there are currently no plans to bring in the army to help with deliveries. .
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