MCDONALD’S is running out of milkshakes in all of its UK restaurants due to a nationwide shortage.

The fast food giant is also unable to sell bottled drinks at its 1,250 outlets in England, Scotland and Wales.

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

But desperate Maccies fans looking for a drink to wash their burgers and fries have grown furious.

A customer said on social media on Monday: “I just went to McDonalds – they don’t have milkshakes and the soft drinks” could be flat. ” What’s going on ?! “

Another posted: “McDonald’s, you are no longer making bagels or wraps for breakfast, now you are out of milkshakes, Tropicana or bottled water. “

While a disappointed fan shared an image of her attempt to order online, with “sold out” displayed next to each milkshake flavor.

A shortage of truck drivers due to new EU immigration rules and Covid restrictions is believed to be at the root of the supply problem.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s told The Independent: “Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing supply chain issues, which are impacting the availability of a small number of products.

“Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable at restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales.

Nando’s was forced to close some 50 restaurants after a supply chain crisis left them short of chicken.

Seventy staff members have been sent to factories to help suppliers hit by a severe worker shortage, The Sun first revealed.

KFC has also had to close some outlets and change its menu due to the poultry problem.

It was thought to be triggered by the “pingdemic” of the Covid app in addition to already depleted work levels and the lack of delivery drivers.

The British Retail Consortium and the Logistics UK freight trading group have written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng warning him of the shortfall of 90,000 truckers.

The group said “increasingly unsustainable pressure” had been placed on retailers and suppliers, adding: “Although there was a shortage of heavy truck drivers before the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, these two events made the situation worse.

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

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

Other food manufacturers and restaurants are keen to recruit prisoners to fill a “desperate” labor shortage caused by the pandemic and Brexit.

They hope to use a system that allows inmates to do paid work when they are released during the day.

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

Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, said last week that the peri-peri chicken maker’s problems were only “the tip of the iceberg”.

He added, “I think we’re going to see more and more [closures].

“It’s certainly Brexit related, but it’s also the immigration decisions our politicians make since Brexit. “

McDonald’s fans were disappointed in June when the ever-popular Chicken Selects disappeared from the menus.

Big Flavor Chicken Wraps and Chicken Deluxe Burger, both of which contain Selects, are also gone due to a nationwide shortage.

McDonald’s confirmed at the time that the problem was “temporary,” but its restaurants could be completely sold out for some time.

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