BORIS Johnson last night insisted the petrol crisis was “stabilising” — but warned wider supply disruption could last beyond Christmas.

The PM begged Brits to calm down and “go about their business in the normal way and fill up in the normal way, when you really need it”.

He said: “We want to make sure that we have all the preparations necessary to get through ’til Christmas and beyond, not just in the petrol stations, but all parts of the supply chain.”

He blamed the sluggish global economic bounce back from the pandemic for sucking in a “huge amount of demand” for gas and deliveries.

But he ruled out letting key workers skip the queues, suggesting instead “the best thing for everybody is that we stabilise it in the normal way”.

Government insiders say it would be impossible to police the pumps for key workers.

Mr Johnson also warned throwing open Britain’s borders to low-paid workers was not how the public would want him to fix the crisis.

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