Activists have blamed the national panic over Brexit on petrol.
The political activist group Lead by the Donkeys has launched a new campaign, blaming Brexit for Britain’s petrol crisis.
Panic-shopping across the country has sparked widespread queues, fights and stockpiling of petrol on the forecourt over the past week after BP warned the government that it would soon face distribution problems.
While there is no shortage of fuel at petrol refineries, there are not enough HGV drivers to move product around the UK to meet current demands, especially as the public takes in more than their fair share.
HGV shortages are occurring across Europe but are particularly bad in the UK – so Led By Donkeys has blamed Brexit for discouraging EU drivers from working in the UK.
The campaign group posted a billboard in Exeter on Thursday that read “Brexit is not working” along with a picture of a long car queue outside a petrol station.
The Twitter caption read: “They are not fighting on the forecourt in France.”
Just three hours after Led By Donkeys shared its billboard on Twitter on Thursday, the post garnered more than 10,000 likes.
The government has rejected all claims that the current crisis with HGV drivers related to Brexit.
However, the UK has unveiled a temporary three-month visa for foreign drivers to help ease the issue. Most neighboring EU countries are not suffering in the same way as the UK.
This was the second billboard uploaded by activists about the HGV driver shortage in recent days.
At the Nottinghamshire workshop on Monday, the group put up a sign with the same caption and an image of empty supermarket shelves.
The campaign group also shared a photo of another billboard, which included a tweet from prominent Brexiter Nigel Farage in 2017.
The tweet read: “If Brexit is a disaster, I will go and live abroad, I will go somewhere else.”
While Brexit is a major contributing factor to the current HGV driver shortage, the backlog of driving tests from the three COVID lockdowns and the ineffective lifestyle of being a lorry driver are believed to have affected the shortage of lorry drivers.