Brits in Qatar may struggle to get a drink over harsh rules around alcohol, and now those cheering on the Three Lions at home could suffer a similar fate.

Taps may go dry in the UK, albeit for an altogether different reason, just in time for the World Cup, which kicks off on November 20.

Unite Union claimed a strike of delviery drivers could see a fall in 40 per cent in the supply of beer to pubs, as drivers working for logistics firm GXO walk out.

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The strike will run from October 31 to November 4, meaning a mad scramble will be on for thousands of pubs to have their taps flowing for what is usually a very fruitful period for the publican.

The union said GXO’s drivers make around 40% of beer deliveries.

It claims the strikes will impact beer supplied by major breweries such as Heineken and Shepherd Neame, to pubs owned by the likes of Stonegate and Admiral Taverns.

Unite said members have rejected a 5% pay rise because that would be a real-terms pay cut given the current rate of inflation.

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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Once again, a company that is making hundreds of millions in profits is asking workers to take a pay cut.”

A GXO spokesman: “The union’s statement is inaccurate and misleading and their actions are putting their members, the hospitality sector and consumers at risk of unnecessary disruption.

“The current proposal is for an average 9.2% increase and does not impact sick pay.

"We are in constant contact with our customers and, should a strike go ahead, we have business continuity plans in place to ensure they are adequately stocked and to minimise impact on consumers.”

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