A number of energy firms have collapsed as global prices surge, fuelled in part by economies coming out of coronavirus lockdown. In the UK the industry has been hit by a shortage of delivery drivers, which has forced a small number of petrol stations to close due to shortages.
This has been blamed, in part, on European delivery drivers returning home after Britain left the EU in January 2020.
German newspaper Zeit Online argued the UK’s difficulties can be attributed directly to Brexit, which saw Britain quit the EU energy market.
This facilitated easy cross-border trading of fuel between EU member states.
Whilst they haven’t reached the same highs as Britain, energy prices have also been surging across the bloc.
However Express.co.uk readers mocked the suggestion, being pushed by some pro-EU activists, that Brexit is primarily responsible for the gas price rise.
One reader, with username Positivity, commented: “Of course Brexit is to blame for everything that goes wrong in the EU, in fact why not include the world.
“Shifting the blame is what the EU does best – which is why sturgeon is so desperate to join.”
Codman16 added: “Aaaaaah! I just banged my head on an opened cupboard door – obviously it’s all because of Brexit!”
Downing Street insists there won’t be fuel shortages and has urged people not to panic buy.
They said there is “no shortage of fuel in the UK”, adding “people should continue to buy fuel as normal”.
Britain is estimated to be currently short of around 100,000 heavy good vehicle drivers.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is asking the Government to loosen visa requirements, so more foreign drivers can be temporarily brought in.
Speaking to the BBC Rod McKenzie, from the RHA, said: “It’s as simple as this: everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a truck.
“So if there is a shortage of HGV drivers – and there is by 100,000 – then it is inevitable that we are not going to get all the things we want when we want them.
“It is not a case of running out – and people should not panic buy.”
Russia has been accused of deliberately restricting gas supplies to Europe, causing prices to rise further.