UK, Switzerland Sign Agreement To Continue Trading After Brexit As Before - Statement

UK, Switzerland Sign Agreement to Continue Trading After Brexit As Before - Statement

The United Kingdom and Switzerland inked an agreement on Monday that would allow both UK and Swiss business to continue trading without any additional tariffs and duties on goods, the UK Department for International Trade said in a statement

LONDON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th February, 2019) The United Kingdom and Switzerland inked an agreement on Monday that would allow both UK and Swiss business to continue trading without any additional tariffs and duties on goods, the UK Department for International Trade said in a statement.

The agreement was signed earlier in the day in the Swiss city of Bern by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox and Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.

"The agreement simplifies trade and allows businesses to continue trading freely, without any additional tariffs. It continues the elimination of duties on the vast majority of goods traded between the UK and Switzerland.

Trading on these preferential terms rather than on World Trade Organization terms will deliver significant savings and help to safeguard British jobs," the statement read.

The new agreement will help to further boost burgeoning trade between the United Kingdom and Switzerland, which in 2017 amounted to over 32 billion Pounds ($41 billion), according to the UK Department for International Trade.

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union in late March. The two sides have reached a withdrawal deal. However, it has not yet been approved by UK lawmakers, prompting fears of a no-deal Brexit both in Brussels and in London.

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