The United Kingdom (UK) is an important partner for Switzerland. To date, the bilateral agreements with the European Union (EU) form the essential legal basis for relations between Switzerland and the UK. In anticipation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, Switzerland wishes to ensure that the existing mutual rights and obligations in its relationship with the UK will continue to apply after the UK leaves the EU and to develop these rights and obligations where necessary (Mind the Gap Strategy).
Relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom are close and multifaceted. In 2015, the UK was Switzerland’s fifth most important export market (CHF 11.7 billion) and the eighth largest source of Switzerland’s imports (approx. CHF 6.5 billion). The UK is Switzerland’s sixth largest direct investor. Some 150 flights per day link Switzerland and the UK. 34,000 Swiss citizens live in the UK and 39,000 British citizens live in Switzerland.
Status July 2017