Switzerland–UK relations post Brexit

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Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) are linked by a close and important partnership, which today is largely based on the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU. After the UK has left the EU, these treaties will no longer be applicable, at the latest after a transitional period.

In the context of its ‘Mind the gap’ strategy, Switzerland has concluded a number of new agreements with the UK. This ‘Mind the gap’ strategy aims to secure and, where appropriate, extend existing mutual rights and obligations. They cover, among others, trade, migration, road and air transport and insurances.

Chronology

  • 31.01.2020: New exit deadline
  • 31.10.2019: Signing of a provisional agreement on the coordination of social security schemes
  • 10.07.2019: Signing of a provisional agreement on mutual access to the labour market and a memorandum of understanding on police cooperation
  • 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: Initiation by the UK of the withdrawal process from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (date originally set for withdrawal: 29.03.2019)
  • 19.10.2016: Adoption of ’Mind the gap’ strategy by the Federal Council 
  • 23.06.2016: UK’s referendum on withdrawal from the EU (leave: 51.9%)

Status November 2019

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