United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU (Brexit)

Following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and (EC) No 987/2009 on the coordination of social security systems, which apply between Switzerland and the EU under the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (FMOPA), will no longer apply between Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The two states have therefore negotiated an agreement on citizens' rights comparable to the withdrawal agreement agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom. The aim of the agreement in the field of social security is to avoid as far as possible changes for persons currently covered by the FMOPA and to protect the rights acquired under the FMOPA.

The Swiss government has approved the agreement on 19 December 2018. It will apply when the FMOPA is no longer applicable between Switzerland and UK, from 30 March 2019 or from 1 January 2021. This depends on whether or not the United Kingdom and the EU can agree on a withdrawal agreement with a transition period.

You will find here further information on the social security provisions of the agreement via:

The agreement only protects existing rights under the FMOPA and does not apply to persons who, depending on the scenario, move between Switzerland and the United Kingdom after 30 March 2019 or after 1 January 2021. The structure of the bilateral coordination of social security after the end of the application of the FMOPA between Switzerland and the United Kingdom is not yet clear. If no new regulation can be agreed, the bilateral social security agreement of 1968, which was suspended by the entry into force of the FMOPA, will apply again, depending on the scenario, on 1 January 2021 or 30 March 2019.

Last modification 08.01.2019

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