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Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

France, UK sign deal to improve border controls

France, UK sign deal to improve border controls

Macron also came with the news that France will loan Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century panorama depicting the Norman conquest of England.

Asked why the European Union had suggested the UK's dominant financial services sector would not be included in a post-Brexit trade deal, Mr Macron replied: "I'm here neither to punish nor to reward".

Speaking alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May at the UK's Sandhurst Military Academy, Macron said the treaty would ensure a "more human" approach to border control.

"The choice is on the British side, not on my side". There can be no differentiated access to the financial services. This implies financial services will have some access to the EU's internal market, which is what the single market is, but not as much as now.

"Such are the rules, and we know the system already in place for Norway".

May said Britain would be leaving the single market, but wanted a free-trade deal with the bloc covering both goods and services.

But Brexit loomed over the summit, with Mr Macron saying he regretted the British decision to leave, even if he respected the will of the British people.

"I think the City of London will continue to be a major global financial centre".

Britain and the European Union have yet to hammer out details of their relationship after Brexit, and big differences remain between the two sides.

"We are in a way making a new tapestry together", he said.

Britain agreed Thursday to pay 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) for fences, security cameras and other measures in Calais and nearby English Channel ports.

In Paris, sources at the Elysee Palace said May and Macron will also announce a "new form of cooperation that will complement the Le Touquet agreement", which covers border controls across the English Channel between north-western France and south-eastern Britain.

The French President branded the current situation in Calais as "not satisfactory" and claimed the new deal would allow him to meet his promise that after Brexit "migrants will no longer be in Calais".

Macron said that despite Brexit, "we are facing common challenges and sharing the same destiny".

"It is not a gift for France".

"We will have a smarter and more efficient management of the joint border", he said.

"This is in our national interests".

The U.K. also says it will send three Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters and dozens of personnel to join 's military mission against Islamic militants in Africa's Sahel region. has led efforts to fight al-Qaida and IS-linked jihadi groups in the vast region south of the Sahara desert.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that by 2020 up to 10,000 troops would be able to be deployed "quickly and effectively" in the face of any threat as part of the UK-France Combined Joint Expeditionary Force.

The choice of venue was appropriate as the countries committed to closer defence and security co-operation between "Europe's two foremost military powers", Mrs May said.

A new treaty between the two countries will enable the improvement of security at Calais, costing the United Kingdom around £45 million.

"The goal of the new treaty is a profound change to speed up the asylum procedure for persons who are in a position to request [asylum], and likely to be accepted in the United Kingdom for family reasons, and unaccompanied minors", the sources said.

Mrs May and Mr Macron enjoyed a Michelin-starred lunch at a Berkshire pub earlier in the day, while the Prime Minister - speaking partly in French at a reception at London's V&A museum on Thursday night - paid tribute to the large number of French nationals living in the UK.

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