Blog: Covid or Brexit: What’s to blame for Britain’s shortages – The Times

It’s the question sparking dinner party debates across the land: how much of the shortages and price squeezes being suffered by Brits are due to Brexit and how much to the broader implications of Covid? Brexiteers in the cabinet vehemently lean to the latter, pointing out that shortages are being suffered by many other countries as the world bounces back from the Covid deep freeze.

Supply lines are getting stuck due to global bottlenecks, with containers piling up in the west coast ports of the US or queuing up outside Rotterdam, they point out. They argue that the energy crisis is down to Vladimir Putin crimping gas supplies or the cold weather in China. Nothing to do with our tussles with Brussels.

Those in the

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