The Guardian reports comments by a German politician poised to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor – claiming Brexit is to blame for the UK’s fuel crisis. Olaf Scholz said free movement of labour was part of the European Union and “we worked very hard to convince the British not to leave”. But the paper notes that EU states including Germany have longstanding HGV driver shortages.
Rishi Sunak has been accused of creating a “smoke and mirrors” budget by Labour after the chancellor conceded just 20% of his biggest single spending commitment was made up of new money, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian carries a warning from trade union leaders that the government risks “another winter of chaos” if it does not implement COVID restrictions like mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport.