Entente intact at summit but no detente on Brexit

Financial Times, Jan 19, 2018
by Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

It was supposed to be an opportunity to celebrate the Anglo-French entente cordiale. It turned out to be a Brexit-containment exercise.

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron announced limited joint initiatives at Sandhurst, the British army’s officer training academy, where they met for a UK-France summit on Thursday. The French president returned home with British concessions, including money for Calais, a commitment to take more refugees trying to cross the Channel from northern French beaches, and three helicopters for French anti-terror operations in the Sahel region of Africa. Mrs May was able to show that despite Brexit, a powerful EU member was eager to maintain close ties, especially in defence and security.

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