Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference
Boris Johnson is facing calls to bring in the army to prevent the collapse of supermarket supply chains due to the combined effects of Covid and Brexit.
Industry leaders say there is a shortfall of at least 60,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers because of “a perfect storm” of EU drivers shunning the UK and cancelled licence tests cancelled because of the pandemic. The crisis has already left some firms such as Haribo struggling to get their goods into supermarkets.
Meanwhile Labour has demanded that the Greensill inquiry is scrapped after it emerged the lawyer chosen by Boris Johnson to run the “independent” investigation was a former Tory candidate and party member.
Deputy leader Angela Rayner said the appointment of…