With the festive period upon us, as part of my last message for 2020, I wanted to pass on my best wishes to you all, and share my Christmas thoughts below. Despite all the restrictions we may be under, this is a special time of the year and I do hope you can make it so for yourselves, and those that are dear to you.

A word on the B topic. I recognise that with the Brexit deadline of 31 December, this is my last opportunity to reassure you that whatever the outcome of the current negotiations, the Council has taken every step it can to be as prepared as possible.

Despite COVID, our officers have been working through all the local and regional ramifications of Brexit, ensuring we have the plans in place ready for 1 January 2021. The many risks we were concerned about in 2019 have been dealt with or been overtaken by other events such as the pandemic. Others are beyond our control and currently part of the negotiations between UK Government and the EU.

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