UK finds Brexit ALLY: Switzerland strike no deal agreements with Britain

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay signed the transitional migration agreement with Swiss Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter during her visit to the UK. If Britain leaves the EU with no deal on October 31, the agreement would allow people from the UK and Switzerland to continue to apply for jobs and work in each other’s countries until December 2020. Mr Barclay said: “While our priority remains leaving the EU with a deal, we have always been clear that we will do all we can to guarantee the rights of citizens in any scenario.

“This agreement allowing British and Swiss expats to work in each other’s countries until the end of 2020 is the latest practical example of us making sure that happens.

“In February 2019, both countries also signed an agreement aimed at safeguarding the existing rights of UK nationals living in Switzerland and Swiss nationals living in the UK at the time of our exit from the EU.

“The February agreement also regulates social security claims and the recognition of professional qualifications and these rights are valid for life.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ms Keller-Sutter.

This agreement explains the two countries are committed to continue working closely post-Brexit.

They will tackle counter-terrorism and financial crime together.

They will also look into working between police forces.

Mr Javid said Switzerland is a “key security partner” for Britain.

He said: “Terror knows no borders, which is why we must cooperate closely with our strongest allies to tackle the worst forms of criminal activity after Brexit.

“Switzerland is a key security partner for the UK and this agreement is a sign of our unconditional commitment to contributing to Europe’s security.

“The UK and Switzerland already work closely on internal security, on a bilateral basis and through international channels.”


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