Boris Johnson suggested TODAY that families face a nightmare ahead of Christmas as the delivery crisis could last for months.
There are fears that toys and turkeys may be in scarce supply as the government scrambles to address a dire shortage of truck drivers.
This morning the PM said that he agreed with Rishi Sunak that during the festive period chaos could spread.
The chancellor warned that the shortage is “very real” and “we are seeing real disruptions in supply chains in various regions”.
Under pressure, Johnson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Mr Sunak was “right…
Earlier Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden had assured Brits would be able to get their Christmas dinner turkey.
Guaranteeing cast iron, he told Sky News: “We’ll make sure people have turkey for Christmas.”
To bring the fuel crisis back under control, the army will start delivering petrol to the forecourt from tomorrow.
The 200 troops will add to the 5,000 temporary visas for foreign truckers recruited to address the shortage of HGV drivers.
Mr Johnson is reluctant to hire more foreign workers to address the shortage and prefers to persuade Brits to get behind the wheel for better pay.
He added: “The way forward for our country is not to pull the big lever marked by uncontrolled immigration.”
The PM vowed not to return to the “old, failed model” of low pay for these jobs.
Mr Johnson acknowledged he knew a driver crisis was brewing “long before June” and pointed to a global shortage of truckers.
Writing in TODAY, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called it “a crisis created by the incompetence of this prime minister”.
“The government should not have been surprised by the shortage of HGV drivers.”
Mr Johnson has a comfortable majority of 80 seats and is ahead in the polls, but feels intense pressure on several fronts as he begins his first in-person Tory convention for two years.
He has been warned that Britain is facing a “perfect storm” this winter as millions of Britons also risk energy bills.
Rising gas prices have decimated many providers and forced customers to switch to another with potentially higher tariffs.
Ministers are also feeling the heat over the impending cut in Universal Credit payments, despite several calls to maintain the £20-a-week raise.
The government says the rise was always temporary and last week announced a £500 million aid package for the poorest people this winter.
The PM will also use the gathering in Manchester to placate the Tories about their plans to raise taxes.
The tax burden is the highest since the war and last month Mr Johnson caused panic by announcing a 1.5 per cent hike in National Insurance.
His controversial move has caused a rift in the cabinet, with Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg imposing substantial taxes on adamant Brits.
This morning Mr Johnson said he did not want to raise any further taxes, but acknowledged the pandemic had forced him to take the tough call.
He added: “If I can avoid it, I don’t want to raise taxes again, not at all, neither does Rishi Sunak.”
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