It’s been a shitty few days for people who said that Brexit wouldn’t lead to food shortages as supply chain screw ups brought about by the new status quo have led to Nando’s running out of chicken, supermarket shelves being bare, KFC running out of chicken and now McDonald’s running out of milkshakes.
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The official line is that a combination of Brexit, a shortage of lorry drivers (who don’t wanna work in this country because of all the post Brexit red tape) and Covid-19 have led to the shortages, with a McDonald’s spokesman saying the following:
Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of a small number of products.
Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable in restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales.
We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank our customers for their continued patience. We are working hard to return these items to the menu as soon as possible.
Logistics UK and the British Retail Consortium expanded on this in a letter to the government, saying the following:
The current shortfall of around 90,000 HGV drivers is placing unsustainable pressure on retailers and their supply chains.
While there was a shortage of HGV drivers prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, these two events have exacerbated the situation.
The pandemic halted driver training and testing for more than 12 months, while an estimated 25,000 EU drivers returned home during the pandemic and following the end of the transition period.
Oh dear. That really doesn’t sound too good for the future does it, although I’m sure we can rely on the government to sort everything out here after their exemplary record over the last few years.
Anyway, whilst we wait patiently for that to happen, a load of people decided to vent on Twitter as is usually the case with these things. Here’s a few of the best comments about the lack of milkshakes in this country at the moment:
— Mike Bealing (@Sillytees) August 24, 2021
— Gene McGurk (@magawk) August 24, 2021
🎵My 🧋Brexit🧋 wasn’t meant to be this hard. 😭
Now they’re like… ”There’s nothing in stores.”
Yeah they’re like… “We warned you before”
F*** the EU… We hold all the cards! 🎵#Mcdonalds #Milkshake pic.twitter.com/RWB83jvj4B
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) August 24, 2021
Never bought a milkshake at McDonalds so won’t miss them but the fact that a ruthlessly efficient business like them can’t serve shakes in any of their 1,250 (mainland) British stores is a really serious indicator of the problems facing our economy #McDonalds #BrexitFoodShortages
— Marie-Ann *Followed by 99k Anti-Tories* (@MarieAnnUK) August 24, 2021
— Digby (@Digby_LFC) August 24, 2021
I see we have a couple of new 3 word Brexit slogans today…
‘No More Milkshakes’
‘Supply Chain Issues’#McDonalds
— The Social Sciences 💙 😷 (@Soc_Sciences) August 24, 2021
— Philip Priestley 🇪🇺🇮🇪 (@PublicPriestley) August 24, 2021
Whilst some of those jokes are funny, it is legitimately scary how quickly this seems to be happening to see of the biggest and most efficient companies in the country. Let’s hope that this doesn’t become a permanent feature now, although I’m not really sure how anyone thinks this can be solved quickly. Whoops.
For more of the same, check out when someone threw a milkshake all over Nigel Farage. That might never happen again now.