Summary of the UK-Switzerland trade agreement

Information on the trade agreement with Switzerland, replicating the effects of EU-Switzerland trade-related agreements.

This agreement will take effect if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

What the agreement covers

The UK-Switzerland trade agreement will form the basis of economic and trade relations between the UK and Switzerland after the UK has left the EU.

The UK-Switzerland agreement covers:

  • trade in goods – including provisions on rules of origin, preferential tariffs and quotas, and non-tariff measures
  • geographical indications – these are the signs used to identify a product whose quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to the place it comes from
  • government procurement

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

When the agreement is active

This agreement will take effect after Brexit, when the EU-Switzerland trade-related agreements no longer apply to the UK.


If you have queries about trade after Brexit contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).

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Published 8 August 2019