The government pushed to plan oil and gas rationing to avoid a standoff with Russia

Minutes later, on the same BBC show Sunday Morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps completely ruled out energy rationing, claiming “that’s not the route we want to go”.

Labor has suggested Britain should follow EU countries in rationing oil and gas supplies to avoid a showdown with Vladimir Putin.

Last week, Russia’s despot leader told “unfriendly” countries they had to pay for gas in rubles or it would cut supplies.

It wasn’t clear if he intended to cut existing contracts that fixed the price in euros or dollars, but nations fear he could start rationing energy supplies.

Germany and Austria came a step closer to gas rationing on Wednesday after activating an emergency plan.

Today, Shadow Economy Secretary Jonathan Reynolds hinted that the UK should follow suit.

Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow Secretary of State for Corporate and Industrial Strategy


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“We should make these plans and the government should prepare for this situation, not necessarily publicly,” he told the BBC show on Sunday morning.

Mr Reynolds said the government should announce a plan “that does not simply consist of buying fossil fuels from one authoritarian regime to the next”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claimed that rationing energy supplies is not the way the government wants to “go down”.

He said on Sunday morning: “I think the summit in Europe, especially the Germans, are very exposed to Russian energy.”

Mr Shapps added: “[The UK is] not as vulnerable to shocks straight out of Russia because we don’t get as much oil and gas from them as other countries do.”

“That’s not the path we want to go.”

Germany is one of the EU countries most dependent on Russian energy supplies as it is Europe’s largest economy.

If the Kremlin shut off supply reserves, the nation would be extremely vulnerable.

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