Wales' First Minister has laid into Boris Johnson's government's attempt to solve the fuel crisis.

People have been panic-buying fuel, leaving some stations without any supply, despite repeated messages from governments that there is no shortage.

Drivers made a dash for the pumps amid fears a shortage of tanker drivers, caused by a mix of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, would hit supplies.

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In a meeting of plenary at the Senedd on Tuesday Mark Drakeford criticised Mr Johnson again saying his attempt to solve the problem were "derisory" having previously used his speech at Labour's conference to do the same.

Mr Drakeford told Conservative regional member Laura-Anne Jones: "It is hard to imagine a government that has made a more derisory attempt to solve a problem of their own creation.

"Of course we are short of HGV drivers – because your government took us out of the European Union, where we were previously supplied by drivers.

"When we were in a single market and customs union people were able to move freely across the continent of Europe and to do jobs here in this country. Those people are no longer available to us."

Speaking of the plans to relax visa requirements until Christmas Mr Drakeford said: "The idea that people are going to be willing to uproot themselves, and come back and work in this country for a matter of weeks, only to be told by the UK Government they will be discarded again on Christmas Eve when they no longer having a use for them. I mean, it's simply...the arrogance of it is breathtaking.

"It just isn't going to work. Now there's lots that can be done domestically to train more people – 800 individuals, through the React programme, have been retrained as HGV drivers since 2015. So we are doing our bit here in Wales to grow domestic capacity in that area. That is not going to be a solution for the short-term problems but neither is a scheme that is so exploitative of others that there is no prospect at all that it can deliver what is needed."

Mr Drakeford also said he was "fearful" of the end of the furlough scheme on Thursday. "I think in all the circumstances it is premature to have pulled away in a wholesale fashion from all the help for different businesses and the self-employed have had from those schemes. We would have preferred and have advocated to the UK Government a more targeted approach in which those sectors... would continue to get help into the future."

UK ministers announced late on Monday that soldiers were being put on standby to deliver fuel amid concerns that a shortage of tanker drivers was threatening the ability of the oil companies to maintain supplies.