By Marcus Leach

The prospect of fuel tanker drivers' strikes have moved a step closer today (Wednesday) after Unite, the union representing the drivers, rejected proposals negotiated last week.

According to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey the strikes, which would cause widespread problems in the UK, can still be avoided.

“We are disappointed that an agreement has yet to be reached," he said.

"We understand that these are complex issues but urge both parties to work towards a negotiated resolution with the support of Acas.

“The Government continues to believe that any strike action would be wrong and unnecessary.”

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