Macron rebuffs City deal after Brexit unless United Kingdom pays into European Union budget

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A summit meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emanuel Macron yielded a commitment to enhanced defense cooperation, the British government announced.

French President Emmanuel Macron says Britain and France have signed a treaty to improve the management of their common border and to deal more humanely with migrants.

Britain will also deploy helicopters to Mali to provide logistical support for French troops operating a counterterrorism mission.

Emmanuel Macron suggested today that he would back a bespoke trade deal with the European Union but warned that the United Kingdom would have to accept "preconditions".

The preconditions Britain would have to accept would include freedom of movement, budget contributions and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, according to Mr Macron. It is possible that these relations are closer than in a simple trade deal, but the United Kingdom will not be able to choose how much access it will have on the European Union single market.

"He is. Sometimes I manage to convince him, and sometimes I fail", Macron said on the British talk show.

He also said that while he respected the result of the June 23 referendum, he would "love" to welcome the United Kingdom back.

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Macron said the USA could only choose between signing or not signing the treaty, adding "we will not renegotiate for one people".

The French president said that a special solution could be secured, but that full access to the single market without accepting its rules was "not feasible".

"If France had had a referendum it might have had the same result", suggested Marr.

He also suggested that the idea of a referendum on European Union membership was wrongheaded regardless of the national context, however, saying: "It's a mistake when you just ask "yes" or "no", when you don't ask people how to improve the situation and to explain how to improve it".

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

"I think a lot of our issues in both the Middle East and in Africa is due to a lot of frustrations due to a lot of past humiliations", Macron said. The UK also announced an extra £44.5m to be spent on beefing up Channel border security.

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