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6 July 2017

Brexit - What changes for nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Switzerland?

And can I, as a foreigner, leave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and take up residence in Switzerland?


Great Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has played for high stakes - and lost almost everything. After the election on 8 June 2017, the United Kingdom has been politically paralysed and it is not yet clear what will happen next. Has the Conservative Party formed a viable government coalition for the medium and long-term? What does the recent election mean for the Brexit negotiations? Will there be upcoming additional elections? And will the United Kingdom soon be ruled by a Labor government under Jeremy Corbyn, which would also lead to considerable tax burdens for wealthy individuals?

The consequences of the Brexit and the recently held elections in the United Kingdom are not yet foreseeable. Here below are some tips and planning possibilities for foreigners who would like to leave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland due to political uncertainty. In addition, we will present what could change for citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Switzerland after the Brexit.

Find the answers to the following questions in our PDF:

I. Nationals of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Switzerland

  1. Why is Brexit relevant to me? Switzerland is not even a member of the European Union.
  2. What does the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons regulate?
  3. What happens to the rights that arise from the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons after the departure of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union?
  4. What is the position of the Swiss Government?
  5. I am British, I work in Switzerland and would like to continue to do so. Is this possible?
  6. Can I stay in Switzerland and wait for the approval decision for the new permit? 
  7. Supposing that no agreement is concluded between Great Britain and Northern Ireland with Switzerland - under what conditions can I work in Switzerland as a self-employed person in the future?
  8. What about self-employed gainful activities, such as being an entrepreneur or investor?
  9. I am retired – any options for me?
  10. I do not intend to conduct any gainful activities, I am not retired yet and I simply would like to live in Switzerland. Any options for me?

II. Moving to Switzerland as a so-called “res-non-dom”

  1. I am living in London as a so-called “res-non-dom” and I am worried about the economic and political instability in Great Britain caused by Brexit and the recent elections, and I expect taxes to rise substantially in the near future. Can I move to Switzerland?
  1. EU-/EFTA nationals
  2. Nationals from third countries

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If you liked this article, you may also be interested in reading about:

Can I move to Switzerland? Swiss Immigration Regulations for Entrepreneurs, Investors, Pensioners and Wealthy Individuals Explained, written by Oliver Arter and Daisy Vacher


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