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UK-Switzerland Trade Agreement

Documents relating to the UK-Switzerland Trade Agreement.

This UK-Switzerland Trade Agreement can take effect on 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, or at the end of an implementation period.

Summary of the agreement

The UK-Switzerland Trade Agreement will serve as the basis for economic and trade relations between the UK and Switzerland. It maintains the effects of the main EU-Switzerland agreements relating to trade in a bilateral context.

The UK-Switzerland agreement covers:

  • trade in goods – including provisions on rules of origin, preferential tariffs and quotas, and non-tariff measures
  • geographical indications
  • government procurement

The agreement does not contain some provisions commonly found in free trade agreements (FTAs). For example, on services and intellectual property rights.

Type of agreement

This is a trade agreement.

When the agreement is active

This agreement can take effect when the EU-Switzerland trade-related agreements no longer apply to the UK.

It is expected that this will be at the end of the implementation period if that withdrawal agreement is ratified, or on 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Explanatory memorandum

Information on the trade agreement including:

  • ministerial responsibility
  • policy considerations
  • implementation
  1. [CS Switzerland No.4/2019] UK/Switzerland: Trade Agreement

Parliamentary report

Details of, and reasons for, any significant differences between the main EU-Switzerland agreements relating to trade and the new UK-Switzerland Trade Agreement.

Treaty text

Agreement establishing a trade agreement between the UK and the Swiss Confederation.

  1. [CS Switzerland No.4/2019] UK/Switzerland: Trade Agreement

Memorandum of Understanding

Details of commitments that both the UK and Switzerland have agreed to.

  1. UK and Switzerland Memorandum of Understanding
Published 20 February 2019