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Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU, Macron says

February 19 2018, 08:03 | Alonzo Simpson

Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU, Macron says

Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU, Macron says

But, Macron warned, while the relationship could be deeper than a straightforward trade deal, Britain will not be able to pick and choose which aspects of the European Union single market it wants access to.

On the issue of the ongoing negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the EU, he said a bespoke Brexit deal would be possible but only if it were "consistent" with the European Union's single market.

Speaking to BBC's Andrew Marr, Macron said Trump is not a "classical politician"; he also criticised the United States president's alleged comments about African countries and called for respectful relationships.

Mr Macron said specifically that allowing the UK's financial services sector access was "not feasible" if the United Kingdom did not accept the obligations.

A day-long UK-EU summit was held to underline the close relationship between the two countries after earlier news of a £45m British boost to border security in Calais.

The BBC released extracts on Saturday of the Macron interview which it will broadcast in full in the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

In remarks released Saturday, Macron told the BBC's Andrew Marr television program that Britain can not maintain its full access to the EU's single market if it doesn't accept the bloc's founding principles, including the free movement of people and the jurisdiction of European Union courts.

"As soon as you decide not to join these preconditions, it's not a full access", Macron told the BBC.

"What is important is to not make people believe that it is possible to [have your cat and eat it]".

Mr Macron has insisted the bloc is in need of reform and vowed to make it one of his main areas of focus, laying out plans for a Europe-wide finance minister as part of a process of deeper integration.

Mr Macron warned that Britain will not have full access to the single market without accepting its rules, including the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and paying into the EU Budget.

I do respect this vote, I do regret this vote, and I would love to welcome you again.

Theresa May has repeatedly made it clear that the United Kingdom government does not wish to remain in the single market.



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