The plan which would see hundreds of soldiers activated is called Operation Escalin, the Daily Telegraph adds. Ministers have been discussing the proposals, which are due to be presented to Boris Johnson on Monday. Between 1,500 and 2,000 filling stations are estimated to have run out of at least one type of fuel, the paper says, with tensions at forecourts rising as fights have been reported across the country. If Operation Escalin is approved, the government’s reserve fleet of petrol tankers are expected to be released, according to the Telegraph. Several dozen are believed to be owned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The Daily Telegraph interviews Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who warns that Britain must not become “dependent” on China and Beijing-controlled companies should be excluded from contracts to build Sizewell C, a new nuclear power station.