United Kingdom can reach satisfactory deal after Brexit under particular conditions

Macron recorded the interview earlier this week when he met Theresa May in the UK for the joint UK-France Summit.

Emmanuel Macron appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday to discuss Brexit and his relationship with USA president Donald Trump.

Mr Macron, as a committed supporter of European integration, added he would fight "very hard" to keep France in the EU if it were to hold a referendum on membership of the bloc. "Probably, yes. In a similar context, but we have a very different context in France".

His comments echo those he made during a meeting Thursday in which he and Mrs May pledged closer cooperation on defense and border security after Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019. "Towards free market without any rules and any convergence".

Also appearing on the show, Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed he agreed with Mr Macron's assessment that Brexit was due to a sense that "neoliberalism has alienated people".

Asked whether there could be a bespoke deal for the UK, Mr Macron replied: "Sure, but ... this special way should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests".

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Britain will have its "own solution" to ties with the European Union after Brexit, French President Emmanuel Macron told the BBC in an interview to be aired Sunday. She has, however, noted that a comprehensive trade deal covering goods and services is in the interest of both the United Kingdom and EU.

Mr Macron said specifically that allowing the UK's financial services sector access was "not feasible" if the United Kingdom did not accept the obligations.

"He was elected by the American people", he said.

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.

He added that "we may be looking in a generation's time at an EU that is also configured differently from what it is today, and the exact nature of the relationship between the United Kingdom and that future system - whatever it turns out to be - of European cooperation is something that future parliaments, future generations, will have to consider", he said.

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