The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. The UK’s withdrawal marks the beginning of a transition period until 31 December 2020 – subject to a possible extension – during which the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU will continue to apply to the UK. A new set of bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the UK will apply thereafter.
As part of its ‘Mind the gap’ strategy, Switzerland concluded at an early stage a series of new agreements with the UK in the areas of trade, migration, road and air transport and insurance. The aim of the ‘Mind the gap’ strategy is to safeguard existing mutual rights and obligations as far as possible. In a second step, cooperation between Switzerland and the UK is to be expanded beyond the current level where this is in the interests of both sides (‘Mind the Gap plus’).