This page brings together guidance and information relating to Switzerland, to help people and businesses prepare for our exit from the EU in all scenarios.
The UK’s current relationship with Switzerland is based on more than 120 EU-Swiss Bilateral agreements. These form the primary basis for the UK’s economic relations and cooperation with Switzerland in a number of important areas, including trade and citizens’ rights. These will cease to apply to the UK after the UK leaves the EU in any scenario.
If the UK leaves with a deal, the EU has agreed that it will notify treaty partners and third countries that the UK is treated as an EU Member State for the purposes of its international agreements during the implementation period up until 31 December 2020. This includes the EU-Swiss Agreements. This would provide a basis for continuity until the end of this period. Once the implementation period ends, the UK will no longer be covered by these agreements.
Continuity of UK-Swiss international agreements after Brexit
The Government has been undertaking a significant programme of work to identify which international agreements need to be retained on exit, and to put in place arrangements with international partners to replicate the effects of the current agreements.
The UK is seeking to maintain the relationship and cooperation we currently enjoy with Switzerland as we exit the EU. We have been working with the Swiss to put in place new arrangements across a range of issues. These seek to maintain continuity of effect as far as possible, including in a no deal scenario.
We have successfully concluded and signed agreements in the areas of:
You can view further information on the status of international agreements that the Government is seeking to transition here.
Other steps relevant to no deal
We have published guidance on the steps businesses and citizens may need to take to prepare for our exit from the EU. A number of these publications are relevant to Switzerland. These are listed below.
In some cases, these publications also set out measures the UK is taking unilaterally to safeguard our relationships with the EU, the EEA EFTA states and Switzerland, in the event that the UK leaves without a deal.
Please note that this is a collection of guidance and may therefore not be an exhaustive list of all guidance relevant to you. You should refer to gov.uk/euexit for further information relating to Brexit.
Citizens’ Rights and Migration
Regulations and Standards
Civil and Judicial Cooperation
Communications and Telecoms
*Guidance, advice and measures in this publication are only partly relevant to Switzerland.