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Emmanuel Macro, the President of France, has indicated that the United Kingdom could get a special trade deal when the nation leaves the European Union, saying that it would likely be between “full access and a trade agreement.”
However, Macron also reemphasised that Britain could not be able to have full access to the Single Market without agreeing to specific qualifications, informing Andrew Marr of the BBC, that it was necessary that people do not believe that they can have their cake and be able to eat it.
The French President said that the way ahead “should be consistent with the preservation of the Single Market and our collective interests.”
It was reported that Macron said that the United Kingdom could have “deeper relations” with the European Union than other countries. However, he maintained stopping short of full access to the Single Market since Britain is withdrawing from the bloc.
Macron stated: “And you should understand that you cannot, by definition, have the full access to the Single Market if you don’t tick the box, and to get full access to the Single Market you need contribution to the budget, and you have to accept the freedoms and the four pillars, and you have to accept the jurisdiction.
“As soon as you decide not to join these preconditions, it’s not full access, so it’s something perhaps between this full access and a trade agreement.”
The full interview is set to be aired on Sunday, the 21st of January.
His comments were made on the first visit to the United Kingdom of the French president ever since becoming elected, holding discussions earlier in the week with Theresa May, the British Prime Minister.
Earlier this week, Macron said that there would be no special deal for the City and that the United Kingdom would have to decide for either a Canada-style trade deal that has more restrictions or the Single Market status quo.
Macron added that he was visiting the United Kingdom “neither to punish nor to reward.”