France will not allow another 'Jungle' in Calais - Macron

Marie Harrington
January 22, 2018

Brussels' strong position has prompted British Prime Minister Theresa May to rule out the possibility of the United Kingdom continuing to be part of the single market.

Their first meeting in Brussels was symbolized by a prolonged, white-knuckle handshake - and months later it appears French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump continue to have forceful exchanges.

And Macron renewed his warning that the United Kingdom would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting freedom of movement on Brexit.

The two leaders also confirmed that a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, a unified British-French deployable military command, will be ready by 2020.

He insisted that full access to the free market requires budget contributions and acceptance of principles such as freedom of movement.

He added: "And you should understand that you can not, by definition, have the full access to the single market if you don't tick the box".

"As soon as you decide not to join the [EU] preconditions, it's not a full access. What is important is to not make people believe that it is possible to [have your cake and eat it]".

CALAIS, France -President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Tuesday that France would not allow another migrant camp like the infamous "Jungle" to spring up in the port of Calais.

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

Macron says the border issue "is a common challenge and we shall succeed together".

Britain cannot have full market access without contributing to the European Union budget without adopting the so-called "four freedoms", including the free movement of people, and without accepting the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice, according to the French President.

"For sure you will have your own solution", the French leader said in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr to be aired Sunday.

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".

When asked about his opinion on Trump's tweets, Macron replied that people shouldn't "overplay the situation", saying the tweets are a "mix between personal and political reaction".

The venue — the Sandhurst military academy southwest of London — was selected as a signal that the relationship between western Europe's two biggest military powers won't be weakened once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019. The UK also announced an extra £44.5m to be spent on beefing up Channel border security.

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