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Boris Johnson: petrol crisis and pig cull part of necessary post-Brexit transition

Prime minister says UK cannot go back to ‘failed old model’ of immigration and low wages

Queues for petrol and mass culls of pigs at farms because of a lack of abattoir workers are part of a necessary transition for Britain to emerge from a broken economic model based on low wages, Boris Johnson has argued.

Interviewed on the first day of the Conservative conference, the prime minister acknowledged that disruption to some supplies could continue until Christmas but said the only short-term solution was to resume uncontrolled immigration, which would be wrong.

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