Deal or No-deal: United Kingdom and Switzerland come to transitional agreement

    Nov 06, 2019 @ 02:30 AM / by Jeremy Piccoli

    Zurich at night in Switzerland

    No-deal progress

    The United Kingdom and Switzerland have completed a transitional agreement to maintain social security rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The deal also preserves working privileges, residency rights, and freedom of movement between the two countries.

    If the UK exits the European Union under ‘no deal’ conditions, the agreement will enter into force immediately. If the UK leaves the EU with a Brexit deal, the terms of this arrangement will be annulled. With the numerous extensions already granted, this agreement applies to the current deadline of January 31, 2020, but also any other extended deadlines where the UK does not a reach a deal.


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    How does this agreement impact expatriates?

    Brexit Minister James Duddridge noted, “This agreement ensures that UK nationals moving or travelling to Switzerland after we leave, and Swiss nationals moving or travelling to the UK, will have the same social security protections they currently do for a transitional period after exit. It provides certainty to citizens and their families who wish to move between our two countries after we leave the EU.”


    Who does the agreement cover?

    The rights will be protected for a transitional period between the exit date and December 31, 2020. The agreement covers nationals from both countries, as well as those from all other European Union member states working in either country at the time of Brexit. The agreement protects the rights of over 75,000 individuals living and working in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.


    How does this agreement impact your Global Mobility program?

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    Topics: International Tax, Mobility Policy, Switzerland, BREXIT, United Kingdom, Insights and Experience, Tax, International Tax Summaries, International Tax Guide

    Jeremy Piccoli

    Written by Jeremy Piccoli

    Jeremy joined AIRINC in the fall of 2012 and is responsible for managing AIRINC’s International Tax Guide and tax calculator products, as well as consulting with clients. Prior to joining AIRINC, Jeremy spent more than 6 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ International Assignment Services practices in Hartford and Boston, providing tax compliance and consulting services to multinational companies and their expatriate population. He received his B.S. with a concentration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Jeremy is an Enrolled Agent, a federally licensed tax practitioner who specializes in taxation.