Britain Will Have Its "Own Solution" To EU Links, France's Macron Says

Marsha Scott
January 22, 2018

Britain, not a member of Europe's visa-free Schengen Area that includes 26 countries, wanted new measures to stop the entry of non-EU citizens without a visa.

The French President suggested there is "always a risk" with votes such as Britain's 2016 referendum, when asking the public "just "yes" or "no" in a very complicated context".

French President Emmanuel Macron has added his voice to "shithole" remarks made by controversial US President Donald Trump which has drawn worldwide anger and criticism. Probably in a similar context.

Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc on March 29, 2019. "Towards free market without any rules and any convergence".

"Our shared history is reflected in the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the United Kingdom in 2022, the first time it will be on British soil in more than 900 years", May said in a statement as she welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron on a visit to Britain.

He added that the British people needed to be aware of the consequences of Brexit.

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When he was questioned on whether there should be a bespoke special solution for Britain, Macron said: "Sure, but this special way should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests".

The Prime Minister has repeatedly outlined her wish for a post-Brexit trade deal including both goods and services.

And while the French president provided story-thirsty British political journalists with an array of headlines, perhaps most striking was the praise his all-round performance drew from usually cynical hacks.

The last time the French people were allowed a vote on the European Union was when they were asked to vote for the European Constitution in 2005, with 55 per cent of voters rejecting it.

He added that "we may be looking in a generation's time at an EU that is also configured differently from what it is today, and the exact nature of the relationship between the United Kingdom and that future system - whatever it turns out to be - of European cooperation is something that future parliaments, future generations, will have to consider", he said.

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