Redwood exposes key inconsistency in Brexit blame game Its Germany and Poland too!
Redwood says shortage of HGV drivers ‘isn’t a Brexit issue’
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Tory MP John Redwood has blasted attempts to pin a shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers in the UK on Brexit. Mr Redwood has argued that the lack of drivers “isn’t a Brexit issue,” he pointed to similar difficulties faced in EU member states such as Poland and Germany, as well as the US. Instead, the MP insisted that issues with working conditions, training, and retention had led to the crisis in the industry.
Mr Redwood told GB News: “Not enough people are coming forward because they don’t find the terms and conditions attractive.
“And the employers are no succeeding in training enough people and making the right advances to them.
“This is not a Brexit issue,” added the former cabinet minister.
“Because there is a very severe shortage of lorry drivers in Poland, there is a difficulty in recruiting lorry drivers in Germany.”
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He continued: “The United States of America is very short of lorry drivers.
“It is a general set of problems.
“A generation of largely male-heavy goods vehicle drivers are reaching retirement.
“And the industry in many different parts of the world has not been able to recruit the younger men and women who are needed in order to swell the ranks, and to meet our insatiable demand for all this movement of goods which is required for the modern economy.”
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It comes after former Chief Economist and current economics fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Julian Jessop told Express.co.uk that Brexit was only playing a “small part” in the lorry driver shortage.
“There are many reasons for the shortages of HGV drivers, with Brexit only playing a small part,” he said.
“The main factors are due to Covid, including a big fall in the number of driving tests, international travel restrictions and of course the ‘pingdemic’.”
Mr Jessop continued: “And many other countries, including in the rest of Europe, are struggling with a lack of drives as their economies rebound.”
“The Government should relax the rules to make it easier for this sector to recruit from overseas,” he added.
Earlier this month a spokesperson for Road Haulage Association said: “Right now we have a shortage of approximately 100,000 truck drivers.
“This, in addition to the effects of the ‘pingdemic’, means that supermarket shelves are not being refilled.
“Food distributors and manufacturers are struggling to cope with demand as the drivers needed to get the goods to the retailers just aren’t there.”
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