Macron: bespoke trade deal possible if UK accepts 'preconditions'
Brexit Macron: bespoke trade deal possible if UK accepts 'preconditions'
French president says conditions for access to single market are strict and non-negotiable
Emmanuel Macron has said it would be possible for Britain to secure a bespoke trade deal but only if the UK accepts certain âpreconditionsâ.
The French president said that while a special solution could be secured, full access to the single market without accepting its rules was ânot feasibleâ.
The comments were made during an interview recorded for BBC Oneâs The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Macron has been in the UK for his first visit since taking office.
On Thursday, at the end of a joint press conference with Theresa May at Sandhurst military training college, he rejected the idea of a tailored Brexit deal for Britainâs financial services sector. Macron said full access to EU markets would not be possible unless the UK paid into the EU budget and accepted all its rules.
In the interview with Marr, he said there was âa competition between different countriesâ to attract financial services companies in the future and that France wanted âto attract the maximum activityâ.
The Brexit secretary, David Davis, has said he is seeking a âCanada plus plus plusâ arrangement, based on the EU-Canada trade treaty, but with additional access for services. However, EU negotiators have stressed that Britain would not be allowed to âcherry-pickâ sectors.
Pressed on whether there would be a bespoke special solution for the UK, Macron said: âSure, but â¦ this special way should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests.
âAnd you should understand that you cannot, by definition, have the full access to the single market if you donât tick the box.â
He added: âSo itâs something perhaps between this full access and a trade agreement.â
He stressed that the UK would not be able to gain access to the single market without first agreeing to âpreconditionsâ, which would include freedom of movement, budget contributions and the jurisdiction of the European court of justice.
He said: âThere should be no cherry-picking in the single market because thatâs a dismantling of the single market.
âAs soon as you decide not to join the [EU] preconditions itâs not a full access. What is important is to not make people believe that it is possible to [have your cake and eat it].â
His comments were later clarified in a statement released by the French embassy on Twitter. âThe president makes it very clear in his interview that conditions for accessing the single market are strict and non-negotiable,â it said.
âAs an alternative to this full access, he specifically mentions an ambitious trade agreement of the type negotiated with Canada (obviously adapted to the UK, as every bilateral trade agreement is unique) but not a cherry-picking approach whereby the UK would have the advantages of access to the European single market without what is required in return.
âThe president also recalls in this interview that the negotiatio ns will be managed by a single european negotiator.â
In the interview, which will be broadcast in full on Sunday morning, Macron also said the door was still open for Brexit to be reversed, saying EU member states would become 27 âunhappilyâ.
Asked if it was inevitable that Britain would leave, he replied: âI mean, itâs on your own. It depends on you. I mean, I do respect this vote, I do regret this vote, and I would love to welcome you again.âTopics
- Emmanuel Macron
- Andrew Marr
- European Union
- Share on Facebook
- Share on Twitter
- Share via Email
- Share on LinkedIn
- Share on Pinterest
- Share on Google+
- Share on WhatsApp
- Share on Messenger
- Reuse this content