10 days to save Christmas: shops warn of disruption due to lack of lorry drivers

Shortage of skilled drivers causes petrol station queues, while ONS says customers cannot buy all the food they want

Significant disruption to Christmas is “inevitable” unless an acute shortage of lorry drivers is addressed in the next 10 days, retail bosses have warned, as the government raced to put together plans to keep the supply of food and fuel flowing.

Boris Johnson appeared set to acquiesce to weeks of pressure to introduce short-term visas on Friday, after queues formed at petrol stations and official statistics showed shoppers were struggling to find the items they want.

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