France and Britain reach bilateral border security deal

France and Britain reach bilateral border security deal

France and Britain reach bilateral border security deal

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May said the two countries have signed a treaty to better guard their common border and wider treatment of migrants, the Associated Press reported.

In last year's presidential election, Macron suggested he may tear up the 2003 Le Touquet agreement, which established French border controls at UK Channel ports and British border controls in Calais.

Mr Macron offered to loan the 950 year-old Bayeux Tapestry to the UK.

Mr Macron said that the current situation in Calais was "not satisfactory".

"They can have no differentiated access to the financial services. I want to make sure that the single market is preserved because that is very much the heart of the European Union". But it means that you need to contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction.

May and Macron are said to have a good personal relationship and are at ease in each other's company and earlier in the day she invited him for a pub lunch in her constituency. France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.

Officials said the new funding will also help relocate migrants away from Channel ports to stop another similar camp forming.

The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union.

Aid groups say the more money the United Kingdom spends on security at Calais, the more the migrant crisis will be pushed to other ports along the Channel coast.

Calais has always been a sore point in French-British relations, and Macron on Wednesday called for better cooperation in managing the border with Britain ahead of his first trip to London as president.

On Dec. 15, 2017, European Union leaders ruled that sufficient progress had been made in the first phase of Brexit talks, allowing negotiations to move on to discussions about Britain's future outside the bloc.

"Even if it can be moved from France, I think it is more likely to be exhibited somewhere like the British or Victoria and Albert Museum in London where it would be seen by many more people".

"Today's summit will underline that we remain committed to defending our people and upholding our values as liberal democracies in the face of any threat, whether at home or overseas", May said in a statement ahead of the talks.

And he called on pro-migrant groups to act "responsibly", accusing some of them of encouraging people to stay in the area and attempt to reach Britain.

"Our shared history is reflected in the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the 2022, the first time it will be on British soil in more than 900 years", May said on the loan agreement. Its origins are disputed, with some historians arguing it was created in Kent, while others saying it was made in Bayeux, France, shortly after the battle in the 11th century.

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