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Macron says 'special' United Kingdom deal possible

Macron says 'special' United Kingdom deal possible

May said Britain would be leaving the single market, but wanted a free-trade deal with the bloc covering both goods and services.

Merkel is in Paris for an evening of talks with Macron, after the two agreed at a European Union summit last month to draw up joint plans for the euro area by March.

Although the leader opened the door to a bespoke trade deal with the United Kingdom, he insisted full access to the single market without accepting its rules was "not feasible".

"You can not, by definition, have full access to the single market if you don't tick the boxes".

His comments come on the French president's first visit to the United Kingdom since becoming elected, holding talks earlier in the week with the Prime Minister.

When speaking to the media, the French president said that the United Kingdom must accept the preconditions which include freedom of movement across the EU, budget contributions and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Macron said Thursday at Britain's Sandhurst military academy "I'm making sure that the single market is preserved because that's one of the foundation stones of the European Union".

Dr Lisa Doyle, Director of Advocacy at the Refugee Council, said, "We warmly welcome the commitment made by the British and French governments to speed up the process by which people desperately wanting to reach their relatives are able to do so". She has, however, noted that a comprehensive trade deal covering goods and services is in the interest of both the United Kingdom and EU.

But the cold water on that argument is that every EU member benefits from the European single market.

Mr Macron told Marr the United Kingdom would have to contribute to Brussels budget if they wanted to protect their financial services.

He said: "It's a mistake when you just ask "yes" or "no", when you don't ask people how to improve the situation and explain how to improve it". "I mean, I do respect this vote, I do regret this vote, and I would love to welcome you again".

Meanwhile, May said in an interview published on Saturday that going back on Brexit is not an option, rejecting an offer from top European Union politicians to remain in the bloc.

Mrs May praised the "uniquely close relationship" between the two nations.

The full interview with French President Emmanuel Macron will be broadcast on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday at 09:00 GMT.

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