LONDON (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that Britain could have a tailor-made agreement with the European Union after Brexit, one of the goals of Prime Minister Theresa May.
But in an interview with the BBC, Macron said that the financial center of London could not enjoy the same level of access to the EU under the current May Brexit plan, which provides for Britain to leave the single market and the union customs office.
Macron said in the past that Britain could have pacts with the EU along the lines of those with Canada or Norway, but not its own special agreement.
But he asked in the interview if that was fair, given how long Britain had been part of the EU, Macron said: "No, it's not about being fair or unfair, I'm taking it as a reference. your own solution. "
When asked if there would be a special solution tailored for Britain, he replied: "Sure, but it will … I take these two references because this special form should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests.
"And you must understand that you can not, by definition, have full access to the single market if you do not check the box."
Macron insisted that Britain would not have full access to the EU's single market without accepting its basic principles of freedom of movement and willingness to abide by the EU jurisdiction.
"As soon as you decide not to join these preconditions, you do not have full access," he said. "So it's something between this total access … and an agreement with omercial. "