May, Macron strike border security deal at UK summit

May also confirmed the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry from France, a historic work depicting the Norman conquest of England which she said would come to Britain in 2022 for the first time in over 900 years. The two leaders, meeting for wide-ranging talks at the Sandhurst military academy near London, agreed that the UK will pay an extra £44.5 million (50 million euros, US$62 million) for fencing, CCTV and detection technology in Calais and other Channel ports. “The further investment we have agreed today will make the UK’s borders even more secure,” May said during a joint press conference with Macron. While the two countries cooperate closely in numerous areas, including intelligence and defence, differences over migration have often strained ties. The money is on top of more than £100 million already paid by Britain, following a request by Macron to contribute more cash. At a press conference, May said she was “honoured” by the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry and the French president added he hoped it would open “a new chapter” for cultural and scientific co-operation. “We are somehow making a new tapestry together,” Macron said, rejecting any suggestion that it was intended to remind Britain of a victorious France. The loan has been met with opposition by French experts who have warned about the delicate state of the 70-metre (230-foot) long embroidery. The tapestry, which shows the English King Harold being killed by an arrow in the eye at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, is… [Read full story]


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