People pushing as a car, which has run out of petrol, at a Texaco fuel station in south London, September 26, 2021.

People pushing as a car, which has run out of petrol, at a Texaco fuel station in south London, September 26, 2021. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

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Britain’s petrol crisis has deepened, forcing ministers to suspend competition law to help oil companies to target petrol stations running dry, after days of panic buying.

After a meeting with oil companies and retailers on Sunday, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng agreed to temporarily exempt the industry from the Competition Act 1998.

This rare move announced last night will allow companies across the oil industry to work together to keep petrol stations topped up, sharing information and optimising supply…

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