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Anti-BBC group complains about report linking supply chain issues to Brexit

03 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Huw Edwards. Picture by the BBC.

An anti-BBC campaign group has complained about a news report that linked supply chain issues to Brexit.

Defund The BBC took exception to Welsh broadcaster Huw Edwards saying on the News at Ten that experts have said that the “effects of Brexit” are “partly to blame” for shortages.

The Wetherspoons pub chain has said some of its pubs have run out of some beer, with Heineken, Carling and Coors among the brands affected.

Heineken and brewer Molson Coors said that like many in the industry, they had been hit by a shortage of HGV drivers.

Coca-Cola has said Diet Coke was unavailable in some supermarkets owing to the driver shortage.

Hauliers have blamed on Covid and Brexit for the UK facing a shortage of lorry drivers and have called for immigration rules to be changed to allow EU drivers to return.

But the UK Government has consistently dismissed the call, saying that the haulage industry and retailers need to be training new UK drivers.

‘Problems’ 

When introducing a piece on the recent supply chain issues, Huw Edwards said: “The Wetherspoons chain said a number of its pubs have run out of some brands of beer because of problems with supplies.

“A shortage of lorry drivers is said to be an important factor in recent problems with logistics across the food and drink industry.

“Experts say the pandemic is partly to blame, as are the effects of Brexit.”

In response Defund The BBC said: “The whole world is grappling with supply chain issues and yet the anti-British Broadcasting Corporation are desperately trying to pin it on Brexit. Your campaigning failed, get over it!”

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Mick Tems
Mick Tems
1 month ago

It’s ALL the fault of Brexit! Can’t those blinkered far-right fools understand?

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago

Can assure readers that Europe is not “grappling with supply chain issues”.
But the “whole world” is grappling and holdings its sides laughing at Brexiteers.

mww
mww
1 month ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Britain has become a stupid country, simple as that. But never mind, charles the great will come to the rescue.

Rhian
Rhian
1 month ago

All that the BBC has done is reported what is being said from a wide variety of sources.

David Kidson
David Kidson
1 month ago

So why did the government not suggest training more HGV driving examiners when it did it’s due diligence on Brexit?

Rhian
Rhian
1 month ago
Reply to  David Kidson

It didn’t foresee the problem and certainly didn’t want to foresee any problems? Just “get Brexit done”

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  David Kidson

Part of the big fib ( or blissful ignorance) surrounding the Tory case for Brexit was that we would somehow continue to tap the rest of Europe and the world for cheap labour despite new rules to constrain immigration being one of their biggest implied “benefits” of Brexit !. Confused thinking, or downright lying ? That’s what you get when any major movement is led by a mixed bunch of lying schemers and thickos. I was pro-Brexit as I objected to the “big state” ambitions of Brussels cliques and that remains the case. However I expected politicians, civil servants business… Read more »

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I’d have said lying thickos and schemers but much the same. My theory is that they didn’t expect to win so didn’t need to have plans for a post Brexit country. The same as the protocols for dealing with the long expected pandemic. Don’t worry it probably won’t happen. They could have just watched Hannah Fry’s documentary Contagion 2018. I watched it again in 2020 and it was spot on. Douglas Adams in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy had a bunch of useless humanoids from the planet Golgafrincham. They spent their time preening and doing their hair and other… Read more »

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago

The BBC has reported the facts and expert opinion in this case. The Brex**itters are just losing their minds because the reality is now becoming clear to the ignorant and the arrogant. It’s Brex**it because it causes sh*t.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago
hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

I agree. There may be a case for reappraising the level of funding and how BBC spends that funding, but Defund the Beeb is a totally negative extremist hate group full of people purporting to be pro- free market, but only a market that suits their peculiar predisposition.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 month ago

The Brexidiots will always be in denial no matter how bad it gets.

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

Me thinks they doth protest too much.

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