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"I went to seven petrol stations this morning and there was no fuel at any of them"

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Nigel Farage was hit by a van during petrol search

Nigel Farage was hit by a van during petrol search

Nigel Farage was hit by a van during petrol search

Brexiteer Nigel Farage has revealed how he was hit by a van as he searched for petrol on Thursday.

The former Brexit Party leader took to Twitter to slam the Government's handling of the UK's ongoing fuel crisis as he recalled his ordeal.

“The government tell us that the fuel crisis is easing…,” he tweeted.

“I went to seven petrol stations this morning and there was no fuel at any of them.

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Supplies are still restricted at some filling stations (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Supplies are still restricted at some filling stations (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Supplies are still restricted at some filling stations (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

"Was then hit by a van whilst stationary at a roundabout. Great start to the day!

There was a mixed reaction to his predicament with some social media users blaming Brexit for the current fuel crisis engulfing the country.

One replied: “And would you claim that this is nothing to do with #Brexit?

Another added: “Welcome to Brexit Nigel. You happy now?

However, others sided with the Brexiteer and offered their support.

One said: “Hope you’re ok Nigel, ignore the haters and keep right on doing what you do."

Earlier this week, Mr Farage dismissed those pointing to Brexit as the main reason behind the crisis that has sparked a wave of petrol panic buying.

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He claimed European Union membership is the cause of the current HGV driver shortage because it allowed cheap labour to push driver salaries down.

He also suggested British truckers have been driven out of the profession because of competition from cheap foreign labour.

Speaking to GB News, Mr Farage said: “This in many ways was predictable.

“There has been a shortage of lorry drivers even before the Brexit referendum folks - we were 50,000 HGV drivers short.”

Mr Farage insisted it is in fact the EU’s labour market which triggered a race to the bottom of drivers' salaries by haulage companies.

The former Brexit Party leader said this was because the bloc "allowed the hauliers to go for cheap, foreign labour" from Europe.

The Brexiteer noted how this slump in pay drove drivers’ salaries down to “£11 an hour”.

The GB News presenter said: “£11 an hour for a job which gives you a huge degree of responsibility.

“For a job that often means sleeping in cabs, lay-by's, in service stations - often in some pretty unsafe places.

“Not surprising that many people have opted just not to stay."

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has insisted the crisis is easing.

"We are now seeing signs that the situation at the pumps has begun to improve with more stations getting more fuel,” he said.

A British Government spokesman added: "We've taken immediate action to increase the supply of HGV drivers, streamlining the testing process, enabling fuel companies to work together and introducing short term visas.

"This is a global problem and we have been working closely with industry for months to understand how we can boost recruitment."

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