Macron and May sign treaty to deal with migrants in Calais (VIDEO)
British PM Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have signed a treaty that will see the UK increase funding for security measures along France’s border.
After the pair negotiated foreign policy agreements during a summit at the Sandhurst military academy in England, a British official announced that the UK government will provide a further £44.5 million to help bolster border controls between the two states. The extra funding will reportedly go towards CCTV and fencing on the French side.
Speaking at the 35th UK-France Summit, May said Brexit would not impact negatively on the relationship between Britain and France, or indeed, the rest of Europe.
“We recognize as we are leaving the European Union, we will no longer be full members of the single market. There will be a different balance of rights and responsibilities. But I believe it is in the interest of not just the United Kingdom but also the EU to continue to have a good economic relationship and partnership,” she told the media.
“We will be looking for a deep and special partnership for the future,” she added.
The British government agreed to a closer partnership with France on tackling instability in the Sahel region of Africa. It includes £50 million in aid, as well as an agreement to deploy three RAF Chinook helicopters to Mali for counter-terrorism operations.
As well as @RoyalAirForce Chinooks to the Sahel, the PM @Number10govand @EmmanuelMacron agreed to the creation of a UK-France Defence Ministerial Council and UK support to the European Intervention Initiative. Read more at https://t.co/vIcC3QTqnj#UKFRSummitpic.twitter.com/9mucTXaNpa— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) January 18, 2018
May said by 2020, the UK and France will be capable of deploying a combined force of 10,000 soldiers to counter European security threats.
Asked whether agreements reached at the summit represented a victory for France, Macron said Britain’s commitment towards border management and military support in the African Sahel are not gifts.
“Either we win together or we lose together,” the French leader said. “These topics are of joint interest. The investment made at the Sahel is not an investment for France. We are doing it together.”
Both France and the UK remain committed to defending our people and upholding our values as liberal democracies in the face of any threat - whether at home or abroad #UKFRSummit 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/kU3J67Jmdz— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) January 18, 2018