Jeremy Vine: Brexit to blame for lorry driver shortage says panelist
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Jeremy Vine panelist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu has clashed with the Institute for Economic Affairs’ Emily Carver over the cause of the lorry driver shortage in the UK. Dr Shola branded Brexiteers at fault for the lack of drivers and suggested Brexit supporters should be “recruited” to drive HGVs. Ms Carver argued that Covid, the pingdemic, and changes to tax, have all played a part in fueling the curren shortage.
Dr Shola told Jeremy Vine: “The biggest reason is not because of Covid, I mean Covid is one of the reasons for it.
“But because of Brexit!
“I say they should put out a call to all the Brexiteers and get them recruited to fill out…let them become truck drivers.
“Let them put their money where their mouths are and fix this problem.”
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“Brexit is certainly a contributing factor,” snapped back Ms Carver.
“There are many others, Covid not least in recent months with the pingdemic.
“You also have changes to taxes that HMRC introducing IR35 that has been.
“Most of these drivers were at retirement age and the industry has failed to recruit others.”
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She added: “So it is not as simple as this is Brexit.”
It comes after the British Poultry Council warned the UK faces a “massive problem” over the supply chain serving the industry as a result of a shortage in staff.
Industry boss Richard Griffiths has told BBC radio that problems within the supply chain could have a wider impact amid concerns over a lack of available workers following Brexit.
Mr Griffiths told BBC Radio 4 last week: “The situation we’re seeing I think is a result of the Brexit issues that have arisen.
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And we’re seeing struggles across the supply chain with shortage of labour.”
“Our members are reporting up to 16% vacancies at the moment and this is a direct result of the limiting of immigration policies,” he added.
“We are asking the government to ease those, and also look at the skills and development arena as well to try and encourage not just non-UK but also UK workers into the sector.”
Mr Griffith continued: “We are one part of the supply chain and this is affecting everybody.
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