Like Switzerland we will always be arguing over something or other with the superpower on our doorstepby Sam Lowe / May 31, 2018 / Leave a comment
Switzerland regularly finds itself lassoed into the Brexit debate, because of its unusual relationship with the European Union. This is to be expected. Switzerland is a prosperous country, sitting within Europe yet not within the EU. The EU-Swiss relationship is a product of its time and the EU is reluctant to base the future UK-EU relationship on one that gives it a constant headache. However, there are lessons from the Swiss experience that the UK and its policy makers would do well to take on board.
First, contrary to the wishes of many, the Brexit negotiations will never truly end. The UK, like Switzerland, will find itself negotiating something or other with the superpower on its doorstep long after the ink has dried on the withdrawal agreement. Different UK governments will want access to different EU programmes and initiatives. A future government may even want to converge further. And to achieve that it will need to negotiate.