Switzerland to impose immigration QUOTA for working Britons under no deal Brexit plans
BRITS heading to Switzerland for the first time will be allowed to work even if there is a no-deal Brexit, Switzerland has announced.
The Bern government is set to introduce a new quota system, giving 3,500 British citizens the right to work in the country after the UK leaves the EU, according to Reuters. The number of those who can apply for residence permits will be capped at 2,100. Switzerland will also offer 1,400 short-stay visas for Brits as part of the system which will replace the current free movement agreement between the two countries.
Last week the French government published a summary that details the rights of Britons living in France in the event of a no-deal scenario.
It said UK citizens will have one year to get a non-EU Citizen card or a residence permit.
Spain, which hosts the largest number of Britons in Europe, has yet to secure the rights of UK citizens.
On Monday Britain and Switzerland signed a deal to continue trading after Brexit as they have in the past.
The deal, announced in December and ratified on Monday, has been heralded as the most significant trade deal Britain has signed in the run-up to its departure from the bloc on March 29.
International trade secretary Liam Fox met with the Swiss economy minister Guy Parmelin in Bern to seal the “continuity agreement”.
Mr Fox called Switzerland “one of the most valuable trading partners” that the UK hopes to continue doing business with in the post-Brexit future.
He said: “This is of huge economic importance to UK businesses.
“Not only will this help to support jobs throughout the UK but it will also be a solid foundation for us to build an even stronger trading relationship with Switzerland as we leave the EU.”
The deal aims to remove the risk of additional tariffs in trade between the UK and Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU but it is part of the single market.
It is one of only four such agreements the UK has signed as Brexit day approaches, after Chile, The Faroe Islands, and Eastern and Southern Africa agreed on the others.
The Government hopes to replicate the 40 EU free trade agreements, which cover more than 70 countries. Read more