Fast food giant is also running out of bottled drinks (REUTERS)

McDonald’s restaurants in the UK are unable to serve milkshakes after the burger chain was hit by supply chain issues.

The fast food giant is also running out of bottled drinks at some 1,250 locations across Britain.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said staff “are working hard to get these items back on the menu as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson told The Independent: “Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing supply chain issues, impacting the availability of a small number of products. Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable at restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and thank our customers for their continued patience.”

It is the latest company to be hit by supply issues believed to be caused by a shortage of truck drivers due to new EU immigration rules and Covid restrictions.

Last week, Nandos was forced to close some 50 restaurants due to a chicken shortage.

Pressure groups in the retail and transport sectors have written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng with a stern warning about Britain’s truck driver shortage and the repercussions on supply chains.

They want a review of plans not to grant temporary work visas to EU drivers.

Logistics UK, which represents freight companies, and the British Retail Consortium, said a shortage of some 90,000 truck drivers was at the root of the problem.

The group said the shortage “was putting increasingly unsustainable pressure on retailers and their supply chains.”

They added: “While there was a shortage of heavy truck drivers before the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, these two events made the situation worse.

“The pandemic has interrupted driving training and testing for more than 12 months, while around 25,000 EU drivers have returned home during the pandemic and after the end of the transition period.”

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