Switzerland–UK relations post Brexit

The Swiss flag and the Union Jack
The Swiss flag and the Union Jack © FDFA

The United Kingdom is an important partner for Switzerland, economically, politically and in terms of migration. At present, relations between Switzerland and the UK are largely based on the bilateral agreements with the European Union. These will cease to apply to the UK after its withdrawal from the EU (possibly after a transition period). Switzerland wishes to ensure that the existing mutual rights and obligations in its relationship with the UK will continue to apply as far as possible after the UK leaves the EU, and to expand them where necessary («Mind the gap» strategy).

To this end, Switzerland and the UK have signed a series of agreements providing for a smooth continuation of their bilateral relations in those areas after Brexit. In other domains, solutions were found which do not require the conclusion of an agreement.

Chronology

  • 31.10.2019: New exit date (latest) following postponement of withdrawal
  • 10.07.2019: Signing of the temporary Agreement on mutual access to the respective labour market29.03.2019: Exit date originally set
  • 25.02.2019: Signing of the citizens’ rights agreement
  • 11.02.2019: Signing of the trade agreement
  • 25.01.2019: Signing of the insurance agreement and the overland transport agreement
  • 17.12.2018: Signing of the air transport agreement
  • 29.03.2017: Formal notification by the UK to the EU of its decision to withdraw from the EU under   Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
  • 19.10.2016: Federal Council adopts ’Mind the gap’ strategy
  • 23.06.2016: UK’s referendum on withdrawal from the EU (leave: 51.9%)

Status July 2019

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