United Kingdom could get bespoke trade deal with EU - Macron

Ivan Schwartz
January 22, 2018

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.

But he did claim the United Kingdom will secure a bespoke trade deal, although only in the context of preserving the bloc's 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".

According to the BBC, Macron said a future arrangement could fall somewhere between a Canada-style free trade agreement and a Norway-style deal with access to the single market.

French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that the United Kingdom could get a bespoke trade deal with the European Union after Brexit.

However, business groups have hit back at the idea, and have argued an equivalent scheme to passporting can be achieved as part of a free trade agreement with the EU.

Mr Macron visited the United Kingdom earlier this week for a summit with Prime Minister Theresa May.

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That means Britain must continue to contribute to the European Union budget and accept the four freedoms guaranteed by the bloc - free movement of people, goods, services and capital - if it wants to maintain full access to the single market, Macron said.

Emmanuel Macron appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday to discuss Brexit and his relationship with United States president Donald Trump.

"As soon as you decide not to meet those preconditions it's not full access".

However he warned the United Kingdom could not "cherry-pick" the elements it liked, saying "because that's a dismantling of the single market". "What is important is to not make people believe that it is possible to [have your cake and eat it]".

"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", he said.

Mrs May has made it clear that the United Kingdom government does not want to remain in the single market but believes a comprehensive trade deal covering goods and services is in the interests of both sides.

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