Government U-turn on granting EU drivers temporary work visas imminent

The government could be on the verge of a ‘massive Brexit U-turn’ and offering temporary visas to EU truck drivers in an attempt to resolve a growing supply chain crisis.

Parcel firm ParcelHero claimed secret talks were currently taking place between the Department for Transport and industry professionals that could result in non-UK HGV drivers being called back to the UK on temporary visas.

Last week, the government said it would continue to relax drivers’ hours in an effort to ease the driver shortage in a move widely criticised by business groups and companies.

David Jinks, head of consumer research at ParcelHero, said: “It’s possible the government could be on the brink of a massive Brexit U-turn as the shortage of skilled drivers threatens empty shelves in stores and delayed home deliveries.”

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