Wetherspoons founder Tim Martin has denounced “strenuous efforts” being made to hyperlink beer shortages with Brexit.
The chain has apologised to customers after provides of Heineken, Carling and Coors ran out in a few of its pubs.
Mr Martin, who was strongly in favour of the UK leaving the EU, mentioned pumps had run dry primarily due to industrial motion in latest weeks by drivers and warehouse workers appearing on behalf of Heineken.
Britain will not be the one nation affected by “provide chain points” following the coronavirus pandemic, he mentioned.
“It has been broadly reported that there are shortages of 400,000 HGV drivers in Germany, France and Spain, for instance,” he added.
“Strenuous efforts are being made to hyperlink provide points to Brexit.
“On this case the principle hyperlink pertains to industrial motion. Brexit gave the ability to the UK authorities to permit extra HGV drivers in, ought to it select to take action.”
Prospects purchased extra pints of Carling and Coors when industrial motion affected deliveries from Heineken, a Wetherspoon spokesman mentioned.
Heineken, the group’s greatest provider, is behind six of the 23 draught traces Wetherspoons normally presents.
A spokesman for Molson Coors, which produces Carling and Coors, mentioned the corporate had been “hit by the HGV driver scarcity”.
“Whereas total our availability is nice, there are intermittent pockets of strain in our provide community which can be sadly affecting various Wetherspoons pubs,” he added.
“We’re working across the clock with our prospects and third-party logistics companions to make sure we minimise any influence to our prospects.”
A spokeswoman for fellow brewer Carlsberg Marston’s mentioned it “stays an extremely difficult time”.
She added: “Like many different brewers within the UK, we stay impacted by the continued scarcity of certified HGV drivers and pressing authorities intervention is required to handle this within the instant time period.”
There’s a scarcity of about 100,000 truck drivers, the Highway Haulage Affiliation mentioned final week.
It identified that hundreds of European drivers had left throughout the pandemic and never returned.
It referred to as on ministers so as to add drivers to the Scarcity Occupation Listing to make it simpler for abroad employees to assist fill the gaps.