Pub chain Wetherspoons has become the latest major business to be hit with supply issues due to a lack of HGV drivers.
Certain beers including Carling and Coors are off the menu in some venues owing to a “lack of lorry drivers and strike action”, according to a sign in one pub captured by Twitter user Graham Hughes.
It appears that #Brexit is screwing over Wetherspoons an' all.
— Graham Hughes (@EveryCountry) August 31, 2021
Fast-food chains and supermarkets are also being disrupted by supply shortages as the lack of drivers causes disarray.
A survey by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) in August estimated there was a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK, out of a pre-pandemic total of about 600,000.
Nando’s was the first major outlet forced to take drastic action when it shut 50 branches in mid-August. Chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association Nick Allen warned the closures were just “the tip of the iceberg” and more would be on the way due to labour problems that started with Brexit.