Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, October 16, 2020
EU negotiations update
Today the Prime Minister will set out Britain's response to the outcome of the European Council summit in light of his statement last month on what should happen if no agreement was reached by 15 October.
Following the meeting of the European Council, Lord Frost has expressed disappointment that the EU is no longer committed to working intensively towards reaching a future partnership as the Prime Minister had agreed with the President of the European Commission on 3 October.
In light of the EU’s suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from the UK, the Prime Minister will carefully consider what the EU has concluded, having made clear in his statement on 7 September that we would have to see real progress at this moment if we were going to secure a deal before the end of the transition period.
We have always been clear that we want a deal with the EU, and a relationship based on friendly cooperation and free trade, but that we cannot sacrifice what it means to be an independent and sovereign nation to secure an agreement.