1. French President Emmanuel Macron waiting outside Elysee palace
2. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg getting out of car, being greeted by Macron, the two posing for photographers and entering Elysee palace
3. Various round table meeting between Macron and Solberg
4. Macron and Solberg arriving for news conference
5. Wide of news conference
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Emmanuel Macron, French president:
"A customs union is a solution in the Turkish way. It exists. It is the relationship that the European Union has with Turkey. So it is an option which is possible. It has constraints and advantages but nevertheless it doesn't allow full access to the single market. And we must be very clear on that. That's why I was talking about the Norwegian model which is a model of access but with respect for the four freedoms, jurisdiction of the European Union and contribution to the budget, which is very different than the model of customs union which exists between the EU and Turkey today. Now, it is important that the British government, which is in charge of the destiny of the country, clarify its position. And on this basis, the European negotiator will have to react and outline his position. But most importantly we will have a common position to take in March, the 27 of us, to define the negotiation mandate of Michel Barnier. I am very attached to having this coordination, this unity in the negotiation. We had it for the first phase, we must have it for the nature of the relationships to come."
French President Emmanuel Macron said the UK can remain in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit but it will not give them full access to the single market.
Macron spoke Tuesday during a news conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Solberg said she thought it would be difficult for Britain to accept a treaty similar to the one Norway has with the EU because of the regulatory requirements it imposes.
Norway is part of the single market, but has agreed to the EU's other rules and to pay into the EU budget.
On Tuesday, Britain's trade minister Liam Fox said that the UK must leave the EU customs union to strike new trade deals after Brexit, widening a major fissure within British politics over future trade relations with the bloc.
The issue is a major fault line in UK Brexit plans.
Opposition lawmakers are trying to ally with pro-EU Conservatives to win a vote in Parliament backing continued customs union membership.
Macron said on Tuesday the UK must clarify its position as to future trade relations, mentioning the EU's deal with Turkey as an option.
Turkey is not part of the EU or the EU single market, but is part of what's called the customs union.
That means many of its exports, but by no means all, don't face a charge when sold within the EU.
Industrial goods coming in from non-EU countries are charged a tariff, however - the charge on cars, for example, is 10 percent.
The big drawback is that Britain, if it were to replicate the Turkish deal, would have no say in setting the rules of the customs union.
It would also constraint Britain's ability to carve out trade deals beyond the EU, as Prime Minister Theresa May has said she wants to do.