Theresa May was warned by the French president, François Hollande, at their first meeting in Paris that the UK cannot expect access to the single market if it wants to put immigration controls on EU citizens.
At a joint press conference in the Élysée Palace, Hollande made it clear that the new British prime minister was facing a choice about whether to accept free movement of people in return for free trade.
Thank you for your kind proposal. We shall consider it in detail.
Although we would point out that we have already decided that we are not supplicants to join or be part of your club. It is now we deciding on the terms under which you have access to us.