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 its close relationship with the UK, based on existing mutual rights and obligations, will be maintained as far as possible after the UK leaves the EU and expanded where necessary (‘Mind the gap’ strategy).

To this end, Switzerland has entered into a series of new agreements with the UK in relation to trade, migration, road and air transport and insurance.

Chronology

  • 31.10.2019: New exit date (latest) following postponement of withdrawal
  • 29.03.2019: 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 April 2019

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