Brexit special trade agreement possible, Macron says

Jon Howard
January 22, 2018

"This special way should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests", he said.

After Thursday's talks with May, Macron said France would not give in to British demands for the financial services sector to be covered by a Brexit trade deal.

Macron said he had previously drawn upon the examples of Canada and Norway because, similar to the United Kingdom, any "special way" for these countries must not undermine the functioning of the single market.

Mr Macron said he would "love" to welcome the United Kingdom back into the European Union and insisted the group of member states will become 27 "unhappily".

Macron's comments echo those he made during a meeting Thursday in which he and British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged closer co-operation on defence and border security after Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019.

The BBC released extracts on Saturday of the Macron interview which it will broadcast in full in the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. "So it's something perhaps between this full access. and a trade agreement". These include budget contributions, freedom of movement within the EU and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

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He added: "As soon as you decide not to join the [EU] preconditions, it's not a full access".

Macron repeated a warning he made during a visit to Britain on Thursday that full access to the European Union single market for Britain's financial services was not possible.

The pro-EU leader said there is "a competition between different countries" to attract financial services companies from London in the future. "What is important is to not make people believe that it is possible to [have your cake and eat it]".

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

"But I think it is a mistake to just ask yes or no when you don't ask people how to improve the situation and to explain how to improve it". "But for sure, if there is no change in terms of full access to the financial single market it doesn't make sense for the other".

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