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Emmanuel Macron Calls Brexit Referendum A 'Mistake'

Emmanuel Macron Calls Brexit Referendum A 'Mistake'

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

However, he also reiterated that Britain could not have full access to the Single Market without agreeing to certain qualificatons, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr, that it was important people do not believe they can have their cake and eat it.

In an interview with BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, Macron said that the United Kingdom can not "cherry-pick" the elements of the European Union it likes.

May said Britain would not be a full member of the European Union single market after leaving the bloc, but was seeking a "comprehensive" free trade deal.

He stressed that the United Kingdom would not be able to gain access to the single market without first agreeing to "preconditions", which would include freedom of movement, budget contributions and the jurisdiction of the European court of justice. And this is what the British government is hoping: that each European Union country will now push its own agenda in trade talks, allowing the United Kingdom to get the bespoke deal it wants.

If the liberal FPD or the far right, anti-EU AfD made gains, it could doom Mr Macron's European dream.

He told Marr it was not too late for the United Kingdom to change its mind about remaining - describing the 2016 referendum as a "mistake".

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"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'.

"I am honored at the loan of such a precious piece of our shared history which yet again underscores the closeness of the UK-France relationship", May said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq would be defeated militarily "in the coming weeks", as he laid out plans for bolstering France's defence capabilities. "It is not up to me to comment on the domestic politics of a friendly, partner country, no matter how close", he said.

The Sandhurst Treaty, signed on Thursday 18 January 2018, also announced the British government's investment of an extra £44.5 million into British border controls based in France.

The visit, Macron's first to Britain since he won the French presidency in May 2017, was aimed at strengthening security and intelligence ties between nations that are both neighbors and historic rivals, and building goodwill as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU.

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