Freezing Britain was last night facing the unprecedented prospect of gas rationing. A combination of bitterly cold weather and pipeline failures has left the energy grid at breaking point. The country has less than 36 hours of gas reserves remaining and one energy expert warned yesterday that if the cold snap continues, rationing is ‘inevitable’. If this happens, businesses and power stations will be restricted first, but then householders will be ordered to cut down on the amount of gas they use for heating their homes.  Britain’s gas stores are dangerously low as unexpectedly low temperatures have forced people to keep their heating on. The crisis deepened yesterday when a crucial undersea pipeline connecting Britain and Belgium shut down without warning, pushing the price of gas up by 50 per cent to a record high. Ships bringing desperately needed supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar are still more than two days away, and…

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