Swiss economy minister heads to London for Brexit talks
The Swiss economics minister, Johann Schneider-Ammann is travelling to London tomorrow to meet British government ministers to discuss Swiss/UK relations after Brexit.
The British government officially triggered Article 50 yesterday and has started the two year countdown to the UK leaving the union.
Although Switzerland is not a member of the EU – the rights of UK citizens in Switzerland as well as Swiss nationals in the UK are underpinned by single market agreements – which Switzerland is a member of.
President Doris Leuthard says Switzerland will need a free trade agreement with the UK – but talks can’t start until the country has left the EU.
The government is warning if no free movement agreement is signed between the UK and the EU, then British nationals in Switzerland will be treated as ‘third nation’ citizens – which will mean the need for work permits and restrictions on owning property.
There are around 42,000 UK nationals living in Switzerland and 34,000 Swiss in the UK.