With eye on Brexit talks, May offers France money for border security

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for the European Union leaders summit at the European Council on December 14, 2017 in Brussels.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for the European Union leaders summit at the European Council on December 14, 2017 in Brussels.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will offer France on Thursday 44.5 million pounds to bolster security at French border controls, part of measures to deepen cooperation in which she hopes will foster goodwill in Brexit talks.

At talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at Sandhurst, Britain’s army officer training academy, May wants to show in which Britain still has plenty to offer France as well as various other members of the European Union as she negotiates her country’s departure.

however after a choreographed drumbeat of completely new agreements to be signed at what aides said was the 35th Anglo-French summit, the overtures, including the loan of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, fell flat in Britain’s eurosceptic media.

“What a stitch up! Did borrowing the Bayeux Tapestry cost Britain 45 million pounds more to stop migrants at Calais,” the Daily Mail asked, while the Sun mocked up the depiction of how William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 as a tale of the EU trying to stop Britain leaving the bloc.

May has long seen defence as well as security as one of its strongest arguments to gain leverage in talks to unravel more than 40 years of union. however France as well as various other member states have been cool on allowing Britain to bypass Brussels.

After lobbying by Macron for Britain to help with security at Channel ports which have become a focus for migrants, London said one more 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) would likely be sent to France to help improve fencing, CCTV as well as technology.

“This particular will be about investing in as well as enhancing the security of the UK border,” a government spokesman said.

“Just as we invest in our borders around the rest of the UK, This particular will be only right in which we constantly monitor whether there will be more we can be doing at the UK border controls in France as well as Belgium to ensure they are as secure as possible.”

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