The Swiss government is to set up a separate quota of permits for British citizens hoping to come and work in Switzerland after March 30th in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Under the system 3,500 British citizens coming to Switzerland for the first time will be allowed to work, the Bern government said. 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.
"This is intended to mitigate the consequences for the economy and the cantons of an abrupt change in the status of British citizens from persons benefiting from freedom of movement to third country nationals," said the Swiss government in a statement.
This is intended to mitigate the consequences for the economy and the cantons of an abrupt change in the status of British citizens from persons benefiting from freedom of movement to third country nationals”
"It will also prevent undesirable competition for jobs between British citizens and other third country nationals," the government added.
The cantons will be notified on a quarterly basis of the maximum number of UK citizens they are allowed to admit during 2019. Initially, permits for UK citizens would not be subject to a federal consent procedure and would be issued directly by the cantons.
The system will run from March 30, when the current agreement expires, until December 31. If London does manage to forge a withdrawal agreement with the EU before the March 29th deadline, the current bilateral Swiss-EU Agreement on the free movement of persons (AFMP) will continue to apply during a transitional period.
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. Cyprus has assured that in the case of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens currently residing in the country will be able to continue residing and enjoying the same rights as provided for in Britain's withdrawal agreement with the EU.
Spain, which hosts the largest number of Britons in Europe, has yet to secure the rights of UK citizens.