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, which 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).

Chronology

  • 17.12.2018: Signing of the Air Transport Agreement
  • 29.3.2017: 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
  • 23.6.2016: UK’s referendum on withdrawal from the EU (leave: 51.9%)

Status December 2018

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