Britain's supply chains for everything from pork, gasoline, and poultry, to medicines and milk have been strained to breaking point by labor shortages in the wake of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. It includes acute shortages of truck drivers.
Panic buying of fuel has triggered turbulent scenes across major cities, with lines of vehicles stacking up. Some drivers have had fist fights over the pumps while others hoarded fuel in old water bottles.
Government ministers have repeatedly denied that the fuel crisis has anything to do with Brexit and have cast the trucker shortage as a global problem, although other European neighbors have not experienced the gas station chaos.