Madrid unveiled a new set of measures in an attempt to help alleviate economic pressures which have been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Supermarkets will now be able to temporarily limit “the number of goods that can be bought by a client”, Bloomberg has revealed.
The announcement comes after truckers held protesters for more than a fortnight amid growing concerns about fuel prices.
Brits responded to the new plan on social media and appeared to mock Spain’s supermarket shortages by relating it to Brexit.
The UK’s departure from the European Union had been blamed for fuel shortages back in October when Britons were queuing up outside forecourts to fill up their motors.
El Pais, a daily newspaper in Spain, responded by saying the Government’s “reluctance to accept that Brexit has anything to do with the fuel crisis” was an absurdity.
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According to ABC News, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez claimed almost three-quarters of price increases were connected to disruptions to the energy and agriculture markets caused by Vladimir Putin’s war.
Mr Sanchez has since responded to the country’s cost of living crisis by announcing a €16billion (£13.6billion) aid and loan plan.
The plan also includes a €20 (£17.02) per litre fuel discount, a €362million (£308million) deal for agriculture, a €68million (£57.9million) plan for fishing and a two percent cap on rent increases.
Madrid has since eased grain import rules to increase supplies from Brazil and Argentina after difficulties arose in importing corn and sunflower oil from Ukraine.