Britain faces the prospect of gas rationing for the first time, experts have warned.
Energy expert Ann Robinson told the Independent: “If this dreadful weather continues for the next two or three weeks we should be very worried, because if we get into a position where we do run out of gas there is not a lot that can be done in the short term."
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