UK signs border agreement with France, praises loan of Bayeux Tapestry

Updated: 07:25 GMT, Jan 19, 2018 | Published: 06:39 GMT, Jan 19, 2018 |

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (January 18) she was honoured that France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, and 11th century treasure that tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.

May spoke at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was on a visit to Britain. The two leaders fought hard to underline that Brexit had not dominated the bilateral talks. They played up a new agreement to bolster security at French border controls and for Britain to speed the process of bringing unaccompanied migrant children across the frontier from France.

They lauded a raft of agreements on everything from a British commitment to send three Chinook helicopters to Mali, where France has forces to help fight Islamist militants, to support French counter-terrorism operations and measures to boost school exchanges as a sign they could work together.

May also offered France 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) to help with border security, part of May’s strategy to use defence as one of her strongest arguments for gaining leverage in negotiations on Britain’s planned departure from the EU.

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