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Swiss and UK government come to Brexit no-deal agreement

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Swiss and UK government come to Brexit no-deal agreement
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15:36 CET+01:00
The Swiss and UK governments have met in London to sign a guarantee to preserve existing social security rights between the two nations in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Meeting on Thursday - the deadline previously set by the British government for leaving the European Union - representatives from the two governments have taken a range of precautions to make sure that the rules in force will be adhered to should the UK leave the EU without a deal. 

The deal ensures the social security provisions under the free movement of people between Great Britain and Switzerland protections remain valid. The deal was made as part of the Swiss government’s “Mind the Gap Strategy”, which seeks to preserve the current conditions, rights and obligations should Brexit take place. 

The deal is a temporary measure which will remain in place until a deal is agreed between the two countries. 

Should the UK leave the EU with a Brexit deal, the terms of this fallback arrangement will be invalidated. 

With the UK having already received three extensions to the Brexit deadline from the EU, the agreement does not only apply to the current deadline for Brexit on January 31, 2020, but applies to any other extended deadline where the UK leaves without a deal. 

The deal applies both to nationals of the two countries, as well as those from all other EU member states working in either of the two states at the time of Brexit taking place. 

It is estimated that approximately 35,000 Swiss citizens live in Britain, while just over 40,000 Brits live in Switzerland. 

 
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