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PURFLEET, England, Oct 5 (Reuters) – British military personnel in fatigues began delivering fuel on Tuesday to ease an acute trucker shortage that triggered panic buying at the pumps, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied the world’s fifth largest economy was heading into crisis.
A post-Brexit shortage of workers exacerbated by the global strains of the COVID crisis has sown chaos through supply chains for everything from fuel and pork to poultry and bottled water, raising concerns growth could be crimped.
Military personnel were photographed by Reuters at several fuel depots in southern England driving tankers, some with instructors, and then delivering fuel to a gas station.
Asked by BBC radio if the United Kingdom was in crisis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “No.”
Johnson said there would be no…