UK Government Mulls Using Troops to Deliver Fuel Amid Shortages

The United Kingdom may deploy its military to deliver fuel as gas stations ran dry after days of panic buying and a shortage of delivery drivers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gathered cabinet members to discuss the possibility of launching “Operation Escalin”, which will deploy military drivers to help with the movement of fuel supply.

Operation Escalin is a Ministry of Defense contingency plan, originally conceived to prepare for shortages that would come from a no-deal Brexit.

Talks of the military operation came after the Petrol Retailers Association reported that 50 to 90 percent of petrol brands are running dry, with oil giant BP reporting that a third of its stations are out of fuel.

The Ministry of Defense said that it is awaiting the Cabinet’s formal request to supply “several hundred” soldiers to drive petrol tankers.

However, environment secretary George Eustice averred that the strategy may not be needed “at the moment.”

“The cause of these current problems is that panic-buying episode and the most important thing is for people to start buying petrol as they normally would,” Eustice said, maintaining that there is no fuel shortage.

The Cabinet also launched other contingency measures and suspended competition laws to allow suppliers to target stations that are running out of fuel.

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